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Regional interaction in Central Asia and Northwest India in the Kidarite and Hephthalite periods

Frantz Grenet

in Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262856
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753961 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197262856.003.0010

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Regional interaction in Central Asia and Northwest India in the Kidarite and Hephthalite periods

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In a previous paper the author attempted to show that there was a deep crisis in Sogdiana and Bactria, but that this crisis mostly affected the second half of the fourth century and, at least in Sogdiana, was quickly followed by a new phase of intense urbanisation, which provided the base for the economic and cultural flowering of the seventh century. This chapter stresses the contributions of the Kidarite and Hephthalite states, which can be credited for an opening up of Sogdiana and for the dissemination of elements of Indian culture in regions which they had not reached even in Kushan times. Besides evidence provided by texts and coins, the chapter makes use of recent archaeological discoveries and other material which is still too little known. The chapter also draws on conversations with Boris Marshak, the excavator of Panjikent, and with Etienne de la Vaissiere, whose wrote a thesis on the subject entitled Histoire des marchands sogdiens.

Keywords: Sogdiana; Bactria; urbanisation; Indian culture; archaeological evidence; Kidarite; Hephthalite; Boris Marshak; Panjikent; Etienne de la Vaissiere

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Subjects: Classical History

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