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The History of Central Asia: The Age of the Steppe Warriors: 1 (Complete Illustrated History 1) Hardcover – 30 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris (30 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780760604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780760605
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 2.9 x 30.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Lavishly illustrated essays present discrete topics with clarity and erudition... [an] enthralling and detailed study of Central Asia [which] opens readers' eyes to previously remote and inaccessible cultures and histories... highly recommended.'
Beth McKillop, Asian Affairs

'This, in my judgment, is a most impressive book. Dr Baumer has a wide-ranging knowledge of his subject, an extensive on-the-ground acquaintance with Central Asia itself, and an ability to convey that knowledge in a most interesting and comprehensible way. He has a gift for the striking observation. For example, he remarks on a curious parallel between a Central Asian story about a hero's sword having to be thrown into the sea and the rather similar tale about Excalibur, commenting that this is perhaps not merely coincidence: might it have something to do with the Sarmatian soldiers sent by Marcus Aurelius to guard Hadrian's Wall? Another excellent idea is the periodic insertion of excursuses, on such topics as Roy Chapman Andrews the dinosaur hunter, the Siberian collections of Peter the Great, and the Amazons. No history of Central Asia, or indeed of anywhere else, can ultimately claim to be complete. But this one is certainly very comprehensive indeed, far more so than any other recent work of which I am aware. The publication of this volume, and of its successors too, seems to me to be a very valuable enterprise indeed.'
--David Morgan, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author of The Mongols

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Christoph Baumer - a leading explorer and historian of Central Asia, Tibet and China - has written several well-received books in the fields of history, religion, archaeology and travel. These include The Church of the East: An Illustrated History of Assyrian Christianity (2006), Traces in the Desert: Journeys of Discovery across Central Asia (2008) and China s Holy Mountain: An Illustrated Journey into the Heart of Buddhism (2011), all published by I.B.Tauris. Dr Baumer is President of the Society for the Exploration of EurAsia and a member of the Explorer s Club, New York, and the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Geographical Society, London.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Rae on 24 Feb. 2015
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One of the very best books ever written about Central Asia. Christoph Baumer has an extraordinary ability to bring the history of this part of the world alive in a fascinating and original way. I highly recommend it to anyone students and general readers interested in the history of Central Asia. And the photographs are beautiful, absolutely stunning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ranald A Macdonald on 27 Jan. 2015
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A fantastic book on an incredible topic. Highly recommend. Beautifully published.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marzia Costantini on 12 May 2014
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The most complete and cultural attractive history of proto indoeuropeans.Baumer doesn't forget to penetrate religion and values. His quotations are especially wide and clear.
It's almost pitty it is a hardcover book, because the text is so fascinating. But the images are wonderful.
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By Sefton on 5 April 2015
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Superbly illustrated and eruditely written . The wide open steppe beckons again.
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By Owl on 26 Mar. 2015
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Had vol 2 and vol 1 is just as interesting.
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