Two major dividing lines have formed the megastructure of Eurasia, determining the historical epochs of the continent's peoples. The first, vertical (longitudinal) line has separated East and West since the Paleolithic Age. The East was dominated by Mongol peoples speaking Sino-Tibetan, Manchu-Tungus, and Altaic languages. The Caucasoid peoples of the West spoke mostly Indo-European, Semite, and Finno-Ugric languages. The second line divided the continent horizontally (by latitude) into North and South. This division was closely connected with the Eurasian Steppe Belt. To the north of it lay the world of hunter-gatherers and fishermen. To the south, settled agriculture was dominant. The Steppe Belt itself was the domain of pastoralists, the nomadic and semi-nomadic herders. These lines converged at the entrance to the Great Silk Road. With the swift development of horse domestication and horseback riding, the nomads moved - from the Early Metal Age (V-IV BCE) to the Genghis Khan's and Genghisids Great Empire (13-15 cents. AD) - to the forefront of Eurasian history as their world became increasingly involved in dramatic and sometimes tragic relationships with their southern neighbors. This book focuses on the tangle of problems of these nomadic peoples' history.
Publisher: Academic Studies Press
Number of pages: 696
Weight: 1297 g
Dimensions: 170 x 244 x 38 mm
Chernykh's work has a number of qualities that make it a valuable addition to the histories of Eurasia. ... Every chapter is more extensively illustrated than any other history of Eurasia with color photographs, drawings, maps and charts that make the complex information in that chapter extremely clear. ... In short, for anyone, student or scholar, with an interest in the history of Eurasia and its place in world history this is a valuable work that can be highly recommended.
--Ayse Dietrich, Middle East Technical University, International Journal of Russian Studies
Issue no. 6, Jan 2017 "International Journal of Russian Studies "