Books about Central Asia, Page 2

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Ya Tibya Lublu Ya Tibya Lublu: Recipes of Love for Orphans of Eastern Europe
edited by Lisa Finneran, published April 2006. "Ya Tibya Lublu" means "I Love You"in Russian. The 400 recipes in Ya Tibya Lublu are all born of love for the children of Russia and Eastern Europe. The list includes recipes for traditional Eastern European specialties as well as everyday family favorites for everyone to enjoy. Contributors include personal chefs; a children?s book author; a foster mother to more than 90 children; a mother of 17 biological and adopted children; and friends, family and parents of children adopted from more than 30 regions in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan."

Heritage of Central Asia The Heritage of Central Asia: From Antiquity to the Turkish Expansion
by Richard N. Frye, published April 1996
"After the breakup of the Soviet Union, the peoples of Central Asia are seeking to rediscover their heritage, which blends cultural elements from Iran, China, and India. Central Asia in ancient and medieval times was the crossroads of civilization, connecting China with the West. This book provides a concise, authoritative history of the region that includes modern Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, and Xinjiang. The author, who has made many visits to the region and lived in Tajikistan, draws on sources in several Central Asian languages, as well as materials from the fields of archaeology, art history, linguistics, ethnography, and folklore. What we now call Central Asia was part of the empires conquered by Cyrus, Alexander the Great, Timur, and their successors during antiquity and the Middle Ages. At the turn of the millennium, Central Asia became the Turkish center of rule. After the Turkish expansion, political rule belonged to the Turks, but the culture remained Iranian. Over the course of centuries, ancient polytheistic religions gave way to Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, and Islam, and merchants founded trading empires around the legendary silk route."

The Seven Year Hitch: A Family Odyssey The Seven Year Hitch: A Family Odyssey
by David R. Grant, published December 2001.
"Of all the weird and wonderful ways to attempt to travel the world, the Grant family's journey by horse-drawn caravan must be the most extraordinary. They had to cope with war in Yugoslavia, arrest in Mongolia, deportation from China, yet still they managed to make it back to Britain -- seven years after they set off. The family plodded ten thousand miles across fifteen countries in three continents and in doing so, secured a place for themselves in the Guinness Book of Records. The Seven Year Hitch is a well-honed and comical look at family life in the pressure cooker environment of a tiny living space and an inspirational tale of how fireside dreams can be turned into bracing reality." An adoptive mom wrote: "I started flipping through the pages and there were pictures that they took on their trek. Lo and behold, there were pictures they took when traveling through Kazakhstan! Some of the regions in the captions were Uralsk, Almaty, Lininski and Tchimkent."

Empire of the Steppes The Empire of the Steppes
(a History of Central Asia) by Rene Grousset, published April 1988.
"While the early history of the steppe nomad is shrouded in obscurity, The Empire of the Steppes brings to the general reader and the specialist the majestic sweep, grandeur, and the overriding intellectural grasp of Grousset's original. Hailed as a masterpiece when first published in French in 1939, and in English in 1970, this great work of synthesis brings before us the great people of the steppes, dominated by three mighty figures - Attila, Genghiz Khan, and Tamberlain - as they marched through ten centuries of history, from the borders of China to the frontiers of the West. Includes nineteen maps, a comprehensive index, notes, and bibligraphy."

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Central Asia: A Global Studies Handbook Central Asia: A Global Studies Handbook
by Reuel Hanks, published July 2005, grades 10+
"Written primarily for undergraduates but useful also to business people and tourists, this combination of narrative and reference covers the countries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhistan and Kyrgyzstan, giving information about their geography, history and economy, their institutions of religion, government and education, and their society and contemporary issues along with chronologies, significant people and events, languages, foods, etiquette, and related organizations. This handbook also includes annotated bibliographies for each country and maps of the region. Annotation ® 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR"

Traditional Textiles of Central Asia Traditional Textiles of Central Asia
by Janet Harvey, published February 1997
"This is an illustrated introduction to Central Asian "fabrics and applied decorative works. . . . The opening chapter describes the history of the region and that of the various trade routes between Europe and China. The second chapter focuses on various types of materials and traditional dye sources and dyeing. The third chapter highlights the diversity of weaving, from covers and hangings to knitted and crocheted works. The last chapter is devoted to the various ways traditional fabrics can be enhanced through embroidery, block-printing, and fabric painting." (Libr J) Bibliography. Index."

Warriors of the Steppe Warriors of the Steppe: A Military History of Central Asia, 500 B.C. to 1700 A.D.
by Erik Hildinger, published May 1997
"vividly illustrates the long, bloody history of a pivotal period and place in world history. From the steppes of Central Asia came a long procession of nomadic tribes who relied on swift cavalry armed with powerful recurved bows. These tribes menaced societies in Europe and Asia until the advent of firearms and the tribes' own internal upheavals neutralized their destructive forays. Hildinger introduces the reader to the most important of these raiders: - Scythians, Sarmatians, Huns, Bulgars, Turks, Mongols - while mentioning a host of other tribes who attacked Greece, Rome, Byzantium, China, Russia, the Ottoman Empire and many other states. A number of familiar names crop up: Chinggis Khan, Tamerlane, Attila, for example during this fascinating tale of nomadic encounters with sedentary peoples from Europe to China. Hildinger concentrates on the period from the end of the Roman republic to the end of the reign of the Mongols, whose exploits occupy half the book. As a result, the story moves along without getting bogged down in too many details. Although not as scholarly as earlier treatments of this subject, Hildinger's book provides just enough information to whet the appetites of readers as they become engrossed in an all-too-often overlooked era of world history."

Great Game Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia
by Peter Hopkirk, published April 1994
"The Great Game was the epic stand-off between the two superpowers of the nineteenth century--Victorian Britain and Czarist Russia--for the riches of India and the East. Based on meticulous scholarship and on-the-spot research, Peter Hopkirk's immensely readable account covers the history at the core of today's geopolitics. " I haven't read it, but 3 customers gave it a very high rating.

Setting the East Ablaze Setting the East Ablaze: Lenin's Dream of an Empire in Asia
by Peter Hopkirk, published September 1995
"Following the Russian revolution 'the missionaries of Bolshevism had sworn to set the East ablaze, using the . . . gospel of Marxism as their torch. Their aim was to liberate the whole of Asia. But their starting point was British India, richest of all imperial possessions. . . . A clandestine struggle for India and the East followed, the story of which is told here. It is setlargely in Central Asia, where three great empires - those of Britain, Russia and China - met.'"


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