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5.0 out of 5 stars modern view of Central Asia, 14 Mar 2013
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I have only read the first chapter but it is what I had been looking for. There are very few books covering early history of Central Europe and always covering a limited region/period or specific topic (eg. the Silk road, Great Game). This covers from approx. 1000 BC to the last century giving a very comprehensive history of the region from the Middle East to the Chinese border. It is a region with a complicated history.
It is easy to read though some might find it too detailed. Written with a modern view of history the history of nations/tribes and not of rulers [why I hated history at school!]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive summary, 28 May 2013
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This review is from: Central Asia in World History (New Oxford World History) (Paperback)
I bought this book as I will be visiting the Central Asia soon, and I am a self confessed history addict.

It is a good summary that covers a huge region over an equally huge amount of time. There is a useful Chronology at the back, and the chapters are logically based.
There are a few maps within the book however a few more would have been useful. At times, for the uninitiated such as me, it can become a little confusing as you jump from one ruler to the next with their various tribal links and inter-links. Read in in small sections helps!
In conclusion I am better informed than I was, and that was the purpose of buying the book!
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Central Asia in World History (New Oxford World History) by Peter B. Golden (Paperback - 24 Feb 2011)
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