New Books Network

Kate Harris, “Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road” (Dey Street Books, 2019)
Kate Harris — writer, scientist, and extreme cyclist – talks about the trip she made with her friend Mel, tracing Marco Polo’s route across Central Asia and Tibet. The journey is the subject of Harris’s book, Lands of Lost Borders: a Journey on the Silk Road (Dey Street Books, 2019).... Read More
Richard Foltz, “History of the Tajiks: Iranians of the East” (I.B. Tauris, 2019)
In History of the Tajiks: Iranians of the East (I.B. Tauris, 2019), Richard Foltz provides a comprehensive cultural, political, and linguistic history of the Tajik people. Throughout the book, he traces the history of this Persian-speaking Iranian ethnic group, starting with the pre-historic groups who first settled in the regions... Read More
Botakoz Kassymbekova, “Despite Cultures: Early Soviet Rule in Tajikistan” (U Pittsburgh Press, 2016)
Botakoz Kassymbekova’s Despite Cultures: Early Soviet Rule in Tajikistan (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016) is a terrific study of early Soviet rule in Tajikistan based on extensive archival research. Her work explores technologies of governance used in early Soviet Tajikistan in order to implement Soviet plans for industrialization and collectivization.... Read More
Matthew W. King, “Ocean of Milk, Ocean of Blood: A Mongolian Monk in the Ruins of the Qing Empire” (Columbia UP, 2019)
After the fall of the Qing empire, amid nationalist and socialist upheaval, Buddhist monks in the Mongolian frontiers of the Soviet Union and Republican China faced a chaotic and increasingly uncertain world. In this book, Matthew W. King tells the story of Zawa Damdin, one Mongolian monk’s efforts to defend... Read More
Craig Benjamin, “Empires of Ancient Eurasia: The First Silk Roads Era, 100 BCE-250 CE” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
In the late second century BCE, a series of trading route developed between China in the east and Rome’s empire in the west. Craig Benjamin’s Empires of Ancient Eurasia: The First Silk Roads Era, 100 BCE-250 CE (Cambridge University Press, 2018) describes the emergence of these routes and the roles... Read More
Nicholas Breyfogle, “Eurasian Environments: Nature and Ecology in Imperial Russian and Soviet History” (U Pittsburgh Press, 2018)
Nicholas Breyfogle, Associate Professor at the Ohio State University, had produced a new edited volume, Eurasian Environments: Nature and Ecology in Imperial Russian and Soviet History (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) that brings together multiple perspectives on Russian and Soviet environmental history. Starting with the story of two dams built 150... Read More
Ben Gatling, “Expressions of Sufi Culture in Tajikistan” (U Wisconsin Press, 2018)
George Mason University professor Ben Gatling’s debut book, Expressions of Sufi Culture in Tajikistan (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018), is a beautifully written ethnography exploring the lives, religious practice, and narratives of Sufi believers near Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Through close examination of historical narratives, nostalgia, material practice, ritual, and more, Ben... Read More