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A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia, Volume II: Inner Eurasia from the Mongol Empire to Today, 1260 - 2000

A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia, Volume II: Inner Eurasia from the Mongol Empire to Today, 1260 - 2000

David Christian

ISBN: 978-0-631-21038-2

Mar 2018, Wiley-Blackwell

656 pages


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Provides an all-encompassing look at the history of Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia

Beginning with the breakup of the Mongol Empire in the mid-thirteenth century, Volume II of this comprehensive work covers the remarkable history of “Inner Eurasia,” from 1260 up to modern times, completing the story begun in Volume I. Volume II describes how agriculture spread through Inner Eurasia, providing the foundations for new agricultural states, including the Russian Empire. It focuses on the idea of “mobilization”—the distinctive ways in which elite groups mobilized resources from their populations, and how those methods were shaped by the region’s distinctive ecology, which differed greatly from that of “Outer Eurasia,” the southern half of Eurasia and the part of Eurasia most studied by historians. This work also examines how fossil fuels created a bonanza of energy that helped shape the history of the Communist world during much of the twentieth century.

Filled with figures, maps, and tables to help give readers a fuller understanding of what has transpired over 750 years in this distinctive world region, A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia: Volume II: Inner Eurasia from the Mongol Empire to Today, 1260-2000 is a magisterial but accessible account of this area’s past, that will offer readers new insights into the history of an often misunderstood part of the world.

  • Situates the histories of Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia within the larger narrative of world history
  • Concentrates on the idea of Inner Eurasia as a coherent ecological and geographical zone
  • Focuses on the powerful ways in which the region’s geography shaped its history
  • Places great emphasis on how “mobilization” played a major part in the development of the regions
  • Offers a distinctive interpretation of modernity that highlights the importance of fossil fuels
  • Offers new ways of understanding the Soviet era

A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia: Volume II is an ideal book for general audiences and for use in undergraduate and graduate courses in world history. 

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Series Editor’s Preface

Ch. 00: Preface: The Idea of Inner Eurasia

Chronology: modelled on the chronology of Vol. 1, with separate columns for western, central and eastern Inner Eurasia [crucial to help readers keep track of the blizzard of names and dates]


Ch 01: Inner Eurasia in the late 13th century

Ch 02: 1260-1350: Unraveling and the Building of new Polities

Ch 03: 1350-1500: Central and Eastern Inner Eurasia 

Ch 04: 1350-1500: Western Inner Eurasia

Ch 05: 1500-1600: Pastoralist and Oasis Societies of Inner Eurasia

Ch 06: 1500-1600: Agrarian societies west of the Volga

Ch. 07: 1600-1750: A tipping point: Building a Russian Empire

Ch 08: 1600-1750: A tipping point: Central and Eastern Inner Eurasia between Russia and China

Ch 09: 1750-1850: Evolution and Expansion of the Russian Empire


Ch 10: 1850-1914: The Heartland: Continued Expansion and the Shock of Industrialization

Ch 11: 1750-1900: Inner Eurasian Empires, Russian and Chinese

Ch 12: 1914-1921: Unraveling and rebuilding

Ch 13: 1921-30: New Paths to Modernity

Ch 14: 1930-1950: The Stalinist industrialization drive and the test of war 

Ch 15: 1900-1950: Central and Eastern Inner Eurasia

Ch 16: 1950-1991: The Heartland: A plateau, decline and collapse

Ch. 17: 1950-91: Beyond the Heartland: Siberia, Central Asia and Mongolia in the Second Half of the Twentieth century

Ch.18: 1991-2000: Building new states: General Trends and the Russian Federation

Ch 19: 1991-2000: Building new states: Beyond the Heartlands:

Epilogue: After 2000: The End of Inner Eurasia?