From romantic invocations of the Silk Road and isolated nomads to medieval barbarisms of the Taliban, Western media and popular culture often portray Central Asia as a region out of step with time. Central Asia, however, has long been a center for culture, innovation, and political power, a history that is hard to reconcile with popular images of a place stuck in the past. This course, intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, traces the transformation of Central Asia from Genghis Khan's thirteenth century conquests to the present, covering the territories of former Soviet Central Asia, Western China (Xinjiang), and Afghanistan. Although the course covers nearly a thousand years, the primary emphasis is on imperial schemes and transformations of the past 300 years. All readings will be in English, and no prior knowledge in Central Asian history is expected or required.
Course Attributes: EN HAS HUMAS LCDFA HUMAR HUM
Section 01From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: War and Peace in Central Asia
INSTRUCTOR: WhittingtonView Course Listing