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Sons of the conquerors : the rise of the turkic world.

Author: Hugh Pope
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Overlook, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Wall Street Journal correspondent Hugh Pope provides a vivid picture of the descendants of the nomad armies who once conquered China and the Byzantine Empire. He shows the myriad connections that live on between Turks in the Xinjiang province of western China (one of that country's few remaining bastions of rebellion), through Central Asia, Iran, Iraq, the Netherlands, Germany (where Turkish can be heard on every  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Pope
ISBN: 158567804X 9781585678044
OCLC Number: 946793464
Description: 413 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Sec. I. Soldier nation. Orders cut iron : the army's grip on Turkey ; Infidel pigs : conquerors turn refugees in the Balkans ; Bloody black mountain : Azerbaijan's baptism of fire ; Merchant warriors : the new Turkish entrepreneurs sally forth --
sec. II. Save us, father! Raki and the republic : Kemal Atatürk, icon of the secular Turkish revolution ; The cult of Turkmenbashy : the method in Turkmenistan's mad tyranny ; Gray wolves : nationalists prevail in Azerbaijan ; Oil, minerals, democracy! : a Kazakh khan finds riches, but craves respect ; The ghost of Isa Beg : knight-errant of Turkestan --
sec. III. A lonely history. The ant and the elephant : the Uygur struggle to survive China ; Of yurts and yogurt : the primordial Turkic life of the steppe ; Iran and Turan : the age-old antagonists of Eurasia ; Bear hug : breaking Russia's long embrace ; The golden apple : the Turks follow their lucky star to Germany ; Cursed souls no more : a Turkic fable in the backwoods of Virginia --
sec. IV. Islam allaturca. In the land of Babur : Islam and Central Asia's struggle for identity ; An empire of the mind : Turkish pragmatism outflanks Iranian theocracy ; Rumi's legacy : the Turks adopt a kinder Allah ; Euroturks : a Muslim island in Holland's Christian sea --
sec. V. Oil and water. Hurricane hydrocarbons : the Caspian oil boom ; White gold : a lust for cotton strangles the Aral Sea ; Silk road shake-down : corruption as a way of life ; Midnight espresso : the Turkic problem with human rights --
sec. VI. The twenty-first century is ours. Step-sons of Tamerlane : the grim determination of Uzbekistan ; To the city : the second Turkish conquest of Constantinople ; All change at Essen : now Germany is not enough ; Forever young Turks : a new horizon in America.

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"Wall Street Journal correspondent Hugh Pope provides a vivid picture of the descendants of the nomad armies who once conquered China and the Byzantine Empire. He shows the myriad connections that live on between Turks in the Xinjiang province of western China (one of that country's few remaining bastions of rebellion), through Central Asia, Iran, Iraq, the Netherlands, Germany (where Turkish can be heard on every other street corner of Berlin), and all the way to the Appalachian Mountains of the United States. Along the way he reassesses a history in which Islamic lands were ruled by Turkic dynasties - before their ascendancy was broken by the rising power of Europe, Russia, and China - among them the Moguls, who conquered India, the Safavids, who laid the foundations of modern Iran, and the Ottomans, whose five-century-long empire encompassed Turkey, the Balkans, and the Middle East."--Jacket.

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