This compact book traces the history of the nomadic steppe tribes and sedentary inhabitants of the oasis city-states of Central Asia from pre-history to the present. Golden covers themes of trade, religion, empire, technology, and language as he introduces readers to the people who have inhabitedge this region.
Peter B. Golden is Professor Emeritus of History and Academic Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Center at Rutgers University, where he has taught since 1969. He has been a recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Among his books are: Khazar Studies: An Historico-Philological Inquiry into the Origins of the Khazars, An Introduction to the History of the Turkic Peoples, Nomads and Sedentary Societies in Medieval Eurasia, and Nomads and their Neighbours in the Russian Steppe: Turks, Khazars and Qipchaqs. His articles and chapters in books have also appeared in Russian, Turkish, Kazakh and Hungarian.