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Regions and Territories in Southern Central Asia: What the Surkhan Darya Province tells us about Bactria

SEBASTIAN STRIDE

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/9780197263846.003.0005

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Regions and Territories in Southern Central Asia: What the Surkhan Darya Province tells us about Bactria

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This chapter examines the territories and regions in the southern area of Central Asia, focusing on the Surkhan Darya Province and Bactria. It analyses the distribution of the pattern of settlement using site, oasis, province, or secondary river valley as the main spatial entities. The chapter shows that the notions of territory and region could be used to help interpret the human ecology and the history of Central Asia, and discusses the relationship between nomad and sedentary populations and the relative importance of ethnic identities.

Keywords: territories; regions; Central Asia; Bactria; Surkhan Darya Province; settlement pattern; human ecology; history; nomads; sedentary populations

Chapter.  5613 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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