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Central Asia: West and East

JOHN BOARDMAN

in After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263846
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.003.0002

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Central Asia: West and East

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This chapter discusses the interest of the west in the history of Central Asia. It explains that central Asia has been studied by many western scholars and explorers, including British archaeologist Aurel Stein and traveller Sir John de Maundeville. Central Asia figured prominently in the days of political concerns about the safety of British India in the nineteenth century and this generated the interest of scholars. Today, the boom in Central Asian studies is further encouraged by the presence in Britain of those who have worked in this field and the source of many new publications on both prehistoric and historic periods.

Keywords: Central Asia; history; west; Aurel Stein; John de Maundeville; British India

Chapter.  6138 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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