Central Asia: Contexts for Understanding (Central Eurasia in Context) (Hardcover)
Central Asia is a diverse and complex region of the world often characterized in the West as being difficult to access. Central Asia: Contexts for Understanding offers the most comprehensive introduction to the region available. Combining thematic chapters with case studies, readers will learn to appreciate the interconnected aspects of life in Central Asia. These wide-ranging, easy-to-understand contributions from some of the leading scholars in the field provide the context needed to understand Central Asia and presents a launching-off point for further research.
David W. Montgomery is research professor in the Department of Government and Politics and the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland and director of program development for CEDAR—Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion. His books include Practicing Islam: Knowledge, Experience, and Social Navigation in Kyrgyzstan; Living with Difference: How to Build Community in a Divided World; and Everyday Life in the Balkans.
“Central Asia: Contexts for Understanding offers an accessible and multi-faceted introduction to a crossroads and cockpit of world history. The authors offer chapters on everything from religion to cinema to the environment, providing a student-friendly approach to the modern history, contemporary condition, and lived reality of a complex region.” —J.R. McNeill, Georgetown University, author of The Webs of Humankind: A World History
“This volume assembles an impressive array of leading scholars and perspectives in Central Asian studies, combining beautifully-written thematic chapters with illuminating case studies. A multidisciplinary tour-de-force, the authors offer nuanced reflection, engaging analysis, and complex interconnections, which will inspire deeper understanding and generative insights for new students and established scholars of the region alike.” —Regine Spector, University of Massachusetts, Amherst