Nomads and the Outside World

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University of Wisconsin Press, 1994 - Social Science - 382 pages

Hailed by reviewers as “majestic and magisterial,” Nomads and the Outside World was first published in English in 1984. With the author's new introduction and an updated bibliography, this classic is now available in an edition accessible to students.

From reviews of the first edition:

“Magisterial. . . . Combining a phenomenal erudition, a candid judgment, and a subtle sense of irony, Khazanov sets out to challenge the orthodox view of nomadic feudalism and, in the process, has produced the first comparative survey of pastoral societies that can claim to be truly comprehensive, covering their history in Eurasia, the Middle East, and Africa from the origins of pastoralism to the dawn of the modern era.”—Tim Ingold,

Current Anthropology

“This is the best study on pastoral nomadism that the reviewer has ever read. At last we have a major attempt to present the whole phenomenon in historical, ecological, spatial and structural perspective. . . . Superb scholarship. It is the kind of work that can only be produced as a result of years of specific research, much deep thinking . . . and a determination to reject cant.”—John C. Wilkinson,

Geographical Journal

“Khazanov's book on pastoral nomadism is a heroic endeavor of a kind no one has seriously attempted before. . . . Particularly valuable to western readers are the materials on the numerous peoples of Central Asia and Siberia . . . and their integration with analysis of more familiar societies such as those of North and East Africa and the Middle East. . . . The insights provided by this book are too numerous to list.”—Caroline Humphrey,

Times Literary Supplement

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A brilliant work. Khazanov has a sweeping mastery of both the anthropological and historical literature of pastoral nomads (which he rightly differentiates from nomadic groups like hunter-gatherers ... Read full review

About the author (1994)

Anatoly M. Khazanov is professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was formerly a senior scholar at the Institute of Ethnography, Academy of Sciences of the U. S. S. R., in Moscow and professor of social anthropology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The author of nine books and more than 100 articles, he is a Fellow of the British Academy.

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