Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4422-1443-9 • Hardback • February 2019 • $47.00 • (£36.00)
978-1-4422-1445-3 • eBook • February 2019 • $41.50 • (£32.00)
Pamela Kyle Crossley is Charles and Elfriede Collis Professor of History at Dartmouth College. A former Guggenheim and NEH fellow, she was awarded of the AAS Levenson Prize. Her books include The Wobbling Pivot: China since 1800, What Is Global History?,A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Imperial Ideology, and The Manchus.
List of Maps
I: The Integrity of Eurasia
1 The Lost Continent
II: Steppe Power in Settled Medieval Eurasia
3 The Turkic Tide
4 Belief and Blood
5 Sultans and Civilization
III: The Age of Far Conquest
6 The Predatory Enterprise
7 The Empires of the Toluids
8 Return of the Turks
IV: The Forge
9 Dissidence and Doubt
10 Intimations of Nationality
11 Ruling in Place
Pamela Crossley’s magnificent book is a deeply historical study that seeks to compel a profound reassessment of the place of Eurasian thought in the genealogy of modernity. It contends—on the basis of massive evidence quarried from a stunningly capacious and deftly argued reading of the connected histories of Inner Eurasia from the East Asian Steppe to eastern Europe—that we really need to rethink the role of nomads in world history. Is the modern world European? Or is its genealogy more complex and far-reaching? Crossley argues that before it was declared by Renaissance thinkers to be the special heritage of the West, Greek thought was deeply imbricated in the world-bestriding, multiconfessional civilization of Eurasia. And therein hangs a tale. In so doing she provokes a much overdue and critically important historical argument.
— Edmund Burke III, University of California at Santa Cruz
Pamela Crossley takes the reader beyond the comfort zone of civilizations and into a realm of uncommon knowledge, which illuminates the key role played by the nomads of Eurasia in shaping the late medieval and modern world. Premodern and early modern global history cannot be understood without such knowledge, and Crossley’s expert weaving of traditions and transformations, religions and beliefs, events, and debates brings the question of nomadic heritage in an engaging dialogue with modernity and to the forefront of a global historical consciousness.
— Nicola Di Cosmo, Institute for Advanced Study
Pamela Crossley demonstrates the vital role of Turkic and Mongolian nomads in shaping the modern world. They constructed a common Eurasian cultural matrix, which connected religious beliefs, technologies, and techniques of political legitimation that crossed civilizational divides. Sweeping over centuries and covering vast spaces, this book is filled with provocative assertions and penetrating insights. It uncovers the large-scale trends that unified states and societies across Eurasia, giving us a remarkably refreshing perspective on our own times.
— Peter C. Perdue, Yale University
Pamela Crossley’s remarkable book is an ambitious and original treatment of several centuries of Eurasian history, arguing that nomadic empires and their rulers contributed in important ways to changes which led to ‘modernity.’ Only a historian of her breadth of knowledge and imagination could write such a book. It is both thought-provoking and persuasive.
— David Morgan, University of Wisconsin–Madison