Cover

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Title page, Copyright page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Editor's Foreword

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pp. vii-x

Elena Kuzmina's The Prehistory of the Silk Road is a major accomplishment, and I am proud to have had a hand in making it a reality. There is, of course, tremendous interest in the Silk Road, but we have had to wait for this volume by Dr. Kuzmina to describe and analyze...

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A Note on Transcription

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pp. xi-xii

Two of the most difficult aspects of translating and editing this volume have been the multiplicity of transcription systems for Russian and its corollary, the lack of any broadly recognized standard for rendering Russian terms and names in...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-7

Recent years have seen a great increase in public interest in the remote past of Central Asia. The contribution made by the ancient peoples of that vast region to the history of civilization throughout the world is...

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1. The Dynamics of the Eurasian Steppe Ecology

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pp. 8-17

The role of the environment in the history of human communities was evaluated even in ancient times: Hippocrates (c. 460-c. 370 B.C.), in his tract On Air, Waters, and Places, advanced an idea about the influence of geographical factors and climate...

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2. Economic Developments in the Ponto-Caspian Steppe

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pp. 18-38

The decisive turning point in the history of mankind and its adaptation to natural conditions was the transition from an extractive (foraging and collecting) to a productive economy, called by V. Gordon Childe the Neolithic Revolution. According to most scholars, this transition...

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3. The Eurasian Steppe in the Bronze Age

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pp. 39-70

According to the paleogeographical data (Lavrushin, Spiridonova 1995a, b), the Subboreal period, which had started in the mid-third millennium B.C. and was marked, as already mentioned, by an abrupt cooling of the climate, at the turn of the third-second millennium B.C. gave way...

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4. Archaeological Cultures of Southern Central Asia

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pp. 71-87

The vast territory of Central Asia is surprisingly diversified in its climate and landscape (deserts, dry Steppe, foothills, mountainous areas, fertile oases), which has meant that there have been great variations in the pace and course of the cultural development of different parts of...

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5. Relations Between Eastern and Western Central Asia

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pp. 88-107

The interrelation of China with the Eurasian Steppe is of fundamental importance for understanding the emergence of civilization in China. Chinese archaeologists advocate the hypothesis that there was an autochthonous development...

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6. Conclusion

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pp. 108-114

As a result of the analysis performed here, several matters have been established...

Appendix. Dating and Comparative Chronologies

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pp. 115-128

Maps and Illustrations

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pp. 129-202

Notes

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pp. 203-206

Bibliography

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pp. 207-242

Index

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pp. 243-248