♥ Book Title : The Yuezhi
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book provides a detailed narrative history of the dynasty and confederation of the Yuezhi, whose migration from western China to the northern border of present-day Afghanistan resulted ultimately in the creation of the Kushan Empire. Although the Yuezhi have long been recognised as the probable ancestors of the Kushans, they have generally only been considered as a prelude to the principal subject of Kushan history, rather than as a significant and influential people in their own right. The evidence seemed limited and ambiguous, but is actually surprisingly extensive and detailed and certainly sufficient to compile a comprehensive chronological political history of the Yuezhi during the first millennium BCE. The book analyses textual, numismatic and archaeological evidence in an attempt to explain the probable origin of the Yuezhi, their relationship with several Chinese dynasties, their eventual military defeat and expulsion from the Gansu by the Xiongnu, their migration through the Ili Valley, Ferghana and Sogdia to northern Bactria, and their role in the conquest of the former Greco-Bactria state. All of these events were bound up with broader cultural and political developments in ancient Central Asia and show the extraordinary interconnectedness of the Eurasian historical processes. The domino-effect of the migration of the Yuezhi led to significant changes in the broader Eurasian polity."Article| Craig Benjamin| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Communication in China
☯ Full Synopsis : "This authoritative study explores China's rapidly evolving polity, economy, and society through the prism of its communication system. Yuezhi Zhao offers a multifaceted, interdisciplinary analysis of communication in China and its central role in the struggle for control during the country's rise to global power. The industry in all its forms—ranging from the news media to entertainment outlets to the Internet—has been a critical battleground among different social forces in this period of wrenching change. The author explores alterations in the structure and content of Chinese communication in light of the rapid evolution of state-society relations to reveal the profoundly contradictory, conflicted, and uncertain nature of China's ongoing transformation."Article| Yuezhi Zhao| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : On the Cusp of an Era
☯ Full Synopsis : "South Asian religious art became codified during the Ku a Period (ca. beginning of the 2nd to the mid 3rd century). Yet, to date, neither the chronology nor nature of Ku a Art, marked by great diversity, is well understood. The Ku a Empire was huge, stretching from Uzbekistan through northern India, and its multicultural artistic expressions became the fountainhead for much of South Asian Art. The premise of this book is that Ku a Art achieves greater clarity through analyses of the arts and cultures of the Pre- Ku a World, those lands becoming the Empire. Fourteen papers in this book by leading experts on regional topography and connective pathways; interregional, multicultural comparisons; art historical, archaeological, epigraphic, numismatic and textual studies represent the first coordinated effort having this focus."Article| Doris Srinivasan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Asia and Oceania
☯ Full Synopsis : "Presents an alphabetical listing of information on the peoples of Asia and Oceania including origins, prehistory, history, culture, languages, and relationships to other cultures."Article| Barbara A. West| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Ancient History of Central Asia
☯ Full Synopsis : "Notes on Central Asian History during 200 BC and its effects on later history, Role of Yuezhi migration in Ancient History of Central Asia, settlement of Yuezhi after migration and various theories about current form of Ancient Yuezhi tribe: Gurjar/Gujjar/Khazar)"Article| Adesh Katariya| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Glorious History of Kushana Empire
☯ Full Synopsis : "Gurjars ( also known as Yuezhi by Chinese ) were the Tocharian-speaking inhabitants of the Tarim Basin, making them the easternmost speakers of Indo-European languages in antiquity. They had known a different nomenclature at different places and different time lines. Due to their native places Tokhristan, they called Tocharian or Tokharian (Tushar in Indian – Sanskrit Litreture). This book mainly focused on Kushana Kingdom of Ancient Yuezhi tribe. In the later or previous events, these peoples spreaded in whole central Asia and stablised many Kingdoms like Kushana, Huna, Gurjar Pratihar and Khazar.Till now many researches published on the history of Great yuezhi tribe’s Kushana empire but several links are still under dark. In this book, we are trying to compile all happenings as per their timings. We also would like to clarify that motive of this book is not for money making; our approach is only to attract good schoolers to discuss and research on the great Yuezhi Tribes. Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Table of Contents 1 Kushana tribe: Introduction 2 Origin of Kushana peoples 3 Present form of Yuezhi 4 Yuezhi in India Literaure 5 Starting of Great Migration of Yuezhi 6 Yuezhi’s Further Migration to South West 7 Yuezhi Occupy Bectria 8 Political Structure of Yuezhi States 9 Zhang Qian's Trip to Central Asia 10 Formation of Kushana Empire by Yuezhi peoples 11 Kushans Kings 12 Territorial expansion of Kushana Kingdom 13 Social Structure during Kushana 14 Religions under the Kushans 14.1 Buddhism during Kushana Period 14.2 Fourth Buddhist Council 14.3 Lokakṣema 14.4 Kushana deities 15 Cosmopolitanism of the Kushan Regime 16 Ruins of Kushana Kingdom 16.1 Kushana ruins in North region of Kushana Kingdom 16.2 Kushana Ruins in Afganistan and Pakistan 16.3 Kushana Ruins in Nepal 17 Kushana Art 17.1 Kushana art in Gandhara 17.2 Kushana art in Mathura 17.3 Kushana art in Bectria and Northern Region 18 Kushana Kingdom: Truly linked India ,Central Asia ,China and west 19 Decline of Kushana Kingdom 20 New settlements of Kushans 21 The Impact of Kushan Extinction"Article| Adesh Katariya| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : At Home in Many Worlds
☯ Full Synopsis : "This volume is dedicated to one of the founding figures of Israeli Chinese studies, Professor Irene Eber of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. It assembles more than two dozen essays by colleagues from all over the world that reflect not only the wide range of her scholarly interests, but above all the fields of research which would not have been established without her and where her contributions will remain. Accordingly, the section "Philosophy in China and Intellectual History" discusses the thorny and complex process of 'organizing the heritage', from the earliest constructed traditions in Han times around the beginning of our era, up to the debates on modernization in present-day China. After an excursion in "Chinese Literature", much space is devoted to "Translating the Bible in China", a topic on which her numerous studies have proved seminal and that deals with Chinese perceptions. As its complement, perceptions of China in systematic and historical perspective are at the core of the section devoted to "Jewish Life and Letters in the World". The contributions share their approach of paying particular attention to the translation processes strictly speaking and to the hermeneutical process of understanding across time and space more generally. A comprehensive list of publications by Irene Eber concludes the volume."Article| Raoul David Findeisen, Gad C. Isay, Amira Katz-Goehr| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Empires of Ancient Eurasia
☯ Full Synopsis : "Introduces a crucial period of world history when the vast exchange network of the Silk Roads connected most of Eurasia."Article| Craig Benjamin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Media, Market, and Democracy in China
☯ Full Synopsis : "An astonishingly close look at the intertwining nature of the Communist Party and the news media in China, how they affect each other, and what the future might hold for each. Zhao interviewed a wide range of scholars, media administrators, and media professionals."Article| Yuezhi Zhao| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Global Communications
☯ Full Synopsis : "Edwidge Danticat's short story from Haiti Noir 2: The Classics, "The Port-au-Prince Marriage Special," was included in Ms. Magazine's Fall 2013 issue. Praise for the original Haiti Noir: "Danticat has succeeded in assembling a group portrait of Haitian culture and resilience that is cause for celebration." —Publishers Weekly "This anthology will give American readers a complex and nuanced portrait of the real Haiti not seen on the evening news and introduce them to some original and wonderful writers." —Library Journal "While the publisher defines the term 'noir' broadly—requiring sinister tales or crime stories that evoke a strong sense of place and do not have happy endings—the Haiti book offers its own spin with plenty of grisly crime, dire poverty, and references to magic and religion. There is also some tenderness." —The New York Times Classic stories by: Danielle Legros Georges, Jacques Roumain, Ida Faubert, Jacques-Stephen Alexis, Jan J. Dominique, Paulette Poujol Oriol, Lyonel Trouillot, Emmelie Prophète, Ben Fountain, Dany Laferrière, Georges Anglade, Edwidge Danticat, Michèle Voltaire Marcelin, Èzili Dantò, Marie-Hélène Laforest, Nick Stone, Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell, Myriam J.A. Chancey, and Roxane Gay. The original best-selling Haiti Noir comprised all-new stories by today's best Haitian authors. This new volume collects the true classics of Haitian literature—both short stories and excerpts from longer works—and will be an integral piece of understanding how Haitian culture has evolved over the past fifty years. Editor Edwidge Danticat, one of the most respected Haitian writers, has a well-deserved sterling reputation, and here she follows on the success of the original first volume."Article| Paula Chakravartty, Yuezhi Zhao| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Transnationalism in Ancient and Medieval Societies
☯ Full Synopsis : "While scholars have long documented the migration of people in ancient and medieval times, they have paid less attention to those who traveled across borders with some regularity. This study of early transnational relations explores the routine interaction of people across the boundaries of empires, tribal confederacies, kingdoms, and city-states, paying particular attention to the role of long-distance trade along the Silk Road and maritime trade routes. It examines the obstacles voyagers faced, including limited travel and communication capabilities, relatively poor geographical knowledge, and the dangers of a fragmented and shifting political landscape, and offers profiles of better-known transnational elites such as the Hellenic scholar Herodotus and the Venetian merchant Marco Polo, as well lesser known servants, merchants, and sailors. By revealing the important political, economic, and cultural role cross-border trade and travel played in ancient society, this work demonstrates that transnationalism is not unique to modern times. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here."Article| Michael C. Howard| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction
☯ Full Synopsis : "The phrase "silk road" evokes vivid scenes of merchants leading camel caravans across vast stretches to trade exotic goods in glittering Oriental bazaars, of pilgrims braving bandits and frozen mountain passes to spread their faith across Asia. Looking at the reality behind these images, this Very Short Introduction illuminates the historical background against which the silk road flourished, shedding light on the importance of old-world cultural exchange to Eurasian and world history. On the one hand, historian James A. Millward treats the silk road broadly, to stand in for the cross-cultural communication between peoples across the Eurasian continent since at least the Neolithic era. On the other, he highlights specific examples of goods and ideas exchanged between the Mediterranean, Persia, India, and China, along with the significance of these exchanges. While including silks, spices, and travelers' tales of colorful locales, the book explains the dynamics of Central Eurasian history that promoted Silk Road interactions--especially the role of nomad empires--highlighting the importance of the biological, technological, artistic, intellectual, and religious interchanges across the continent. Millward shows that these exchanges had a profound effect on the old world that was akin to, if not on the scale of, modern globalization. He also disputes the idea that the silk road declined after the collapse of the Mongol empire or the opening of direct sea routes from Europe to Asia, showing how silk road phenomena continued through the early modern and modern expansion of the Russian and Chinese states across Central Asia. Millward concludes that the idea of the silk road has remained powerful, not only as a popular name for boutiques and restaurants, but also in modern politics and diplomacy, such as U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's "Silk Road Initiative" for India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan."Article| James A. Millward| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Premodern Trade in World History
☯ Full Synopsis : "Trade and commerce are among the oldest, most pervasive, and most important of human activities, serving as engines for change in many other human endeavors. This far-reaching study examines the key theme of trading in world history, from the earliest signs of trade until the long-distance trade systems such as the famous Silk Road were firmly established. Beginning with a general background on the mechanism of trade, Richard L. Smith addresses such basic issues as how and why people trade, and what purpose trade serves. The book then traces the development of long-distance trade, from its beginnings in the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods through early river valley civilizations and the rise of great empires, to the evolution of vast trade systems that tied different zones together. Topics covered include: • products that were traded and why; • the relationship between political authorities and trade; • the rise and fall of Bronze Age commerce; • the development of a maritime system centered on the Indian Ocean stretching from the Mediterranean to the South China Sea; • the integration of China into the world system and the creation of the Silk Road; • the transition to a modern commercial system. Complete with maps for clear visual illustration, this vital contribution to the study of World History brings the story of trade in the premodern period vividly to life."Article| Richard L. Smith| Statement ..."