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The multi-volume History of Civilizations of Central Asia is the first attempt to present a comprehensive picture of this subject. The publication of this work falls well within UNESCO's terms of reference since the underlying research was conducted by a distinguished international team of specialists which for many years laboured in harmony at the task of presenting to a wider public the civilizations of this vast area located at the heart of the Eurasian continent. The volumes will reveal the cultures that flourished and vanished in this area, from the dawn of civilization to the present time. Only a few names such as those of Samarkand, Bukhara or Khiva, are familiar to a wider public; eminent specialists, many of them native to the region, now lift the curtain to reveal a richer, more varied civilization. To a great extent, the history of the ancient and medieval world was shaped by the movements of peoples in this heartland of Eurasia, stretching from the Caspian Sea in the west to the borders of China proper in the east. Published in six volumes.
Volume I: The Dawn of Civilization: Earliest Times to 700 B.C.
Volume II: The Development of Sedentary and Nomadic Civilizations: 700 B.C. to A.D. 250
Volume III: The Crossroads of Civilization: A.D. 250 to 750
Volume IV: The Age of Achievement: A.D. 750 to the End of the Fifteenth Century
• Part One: The Historical, Social and Economic Setting
• Part Two: The Achievements
Volume V: Development in Contrast: from the Sixteenth to the Mid-nineteenth Century
Volume VI: Towards the Contemporary Period: From the Mid-nineteenth to the End of the Twentieth Century