|The prehistory of the Silk Road|
|The prehistory of the Silk Road / E.E. Kuzmina ; edited by Victor H. Mair.|
Includes bibliographical references (p. -242) and index.
The dynamics of the Eurasian steppe ecology -- Economic developments in the Ponto-Caspian steppe -- The first stage of the food-producing economy -- The second stage of the food-producing economy -- The domestication and early use of the horse -- The development of the pit-grave cultural community -- The spread of wheeled transport: a prerequisite to the opening of the Great Silk Road routes -- The Eurasian steppe in the Bronze Age -- Proto-urban culture in the Urals -- The chariots of the Eurasian steppe -- The crisis of complex economy, the development of nomadism in the Eurasian steppe, and the origins of the Great Silk Road routes -- The origin and spread of the Bactrian camel -- Archaeological cultures of southern Central Asia -- Southern Turkmenistan -- The lower and middle part of Transoxiana -- Ferghana -- Kirghizstan -- Relations between eastern and western Central Asia -- Contacts of the Xinjiang people with the West in the Copper Age, and the Tocharian question -- Contacts of the Xinjiang people with the West in the Bronze Age.
"The majority of the Silk Road routes passed through the Eurasian Steppe, whose nomadic peoples were participants and mediators in its economic and cultural exchanges. Until now, the origins of these routes and relationships have not been examined in great detail. In The Prehistory of the Silk Road, E.E. Kuzmina, renowned Russian archaeologist, looks at the history of this crucial area before the formal establishment of Silk Road trade and diplomacy. From the late Neolithic period to the early Bronze Age, Kuzmina traces the evolution of the material culture of the Steppe and the contact between civilizations that proved critical to the development of the widespread trade that would follow, including nomadic migrations, the domestication and use of the horse and the camel, and the spread of wheeled transport."
"The Prehistory of the Silk Road combines detailed research in archaeology with evidence from physical anthropology, linguistics, and other fields, incorporating both primary and secondary sources from a range of languages, including a vast accumulation of Russian-language scholarship largely untapped in the West. The book is complemented by an extensive bibliography that will be of great use to scholars."--Jacket.