Beatrice F. Manz is Associate Professor of History at Tufts University, specializing in the history of Iran and Central Asia in the medieval and modern periods. She is the author of 'The Rise and fall of Tamerlane' and numerous articles in scholarly journals. Her major interests lie in the structure of nomad societies, nomad-sedentary relations, and the political dynamics of plural societies.
CENTRAL ASIA IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Since the demise of Soviet power, the newly independent republics are redefining their identities and their relations with the world at large. In Central Asia, which lies at the crossroads of several cultures, the emerging trends are complex and ambiguous.
In this volume, leading experts explore factors that have driven the region’s historical development and that continue to define it today; overlapping Islamic, Russian, and steppe cultures and their effects on attempts to delimit national borders and to create independent states; the legacy of Soviet and earlier imperial rule in economic and social relations; and the competition between Uzbek, Tajik and other group identities.
The authors make few predictions, but their original and thought provoking analyses offer readers new insight into aspects of Central Asia’s past that may shape its future.
Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS