Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present

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EMPIRES OF THE SILK ROAD

A History of Central Eurasia
from the Bronze Age
to the Present

CHRISTOPHER I. BECKWITH

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS

Princeton and Oxford

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Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Abbreviations and Sigla xvii
  • Introduction xix
  • Prologue: The Hero and His Friends 1
  • 1: The Chariot Warriors 29
  • 2: The Royal Scythians 58
  • 3: Between Roman and Chinese Legions 78
  • 4: The Age of Attila the Hun 93
  • 5: The Türk Empire 112
  • 6: The Silk Road, Revolution, and Collapse 140
  • 7: The Vikings and Cathay 163
  • 8: Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Conquests 183
  • 9: Central Eurasians Ride to a European Sea 204
  • 10: The Road is Closed 232
  • 11: Eurasia Without a Center 263
  • 12: Central Eurasia Reborn 302
  • Epilogue 320
  • Appendix A - The Proto-Indo-Europeans and Their Diaspora 363
  • Appendix B - Ancient Central Eurasian Ethnonyms 375
  • Endnotes 385
  • Bibliography 427
  • Index 457
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