Sons of the conquerors: the rise of the Turkic world
, 2005 - History
- 413 pages
The Turkic world can now count some 140 million people worldwide. Turkic-speaking peoples range from ancient populations in Siberia and China, through six states in an arc through central Eurasia to fast-growing new settler communities in western Europe and America. Yet, despite an extraordinary past and strong signs of hope for the future, they remain some of the least studied peoples in the world. Muslims for the most part, they offer readiness to work with the West, access to the new Caspian Sea oil province, and a secular alternative for an Islamic world caught between pressure for change and the reactionary threat of fundamentalism. The most powerful and best-established Turkic nation, Turkey, long hemmed in by its role as a front-line pillar of NATO, has become the most democratic major Muslim country and is now negotiating for full membership of the European Union. After a shaky start, the five Turkic states of the Caucasus and Central Asia set free by the end of the Cold War-Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and the Kyrgyz Republic-are making an independent-minded comeback too.