Sons of the Conquerors: The Rise of the Turkic World

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Overlook Duckworth, 2005 - History - 413 pages
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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.

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This book focuses on the history and contemporary situation of the Turkic peoples, mostly the people of Turkey, but also the Central Asian peoples. The author focuses on half a dozen characteristics ... Read full review

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Fascinating window into modern day Turkey, its relationship with and influence on central Asia. Read full review



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Hugh Pope read Persian and Arabic at Oxford, and has reported for the Independent, Los Angeles Times, BBC, and Reuters. He currently runs the news bureau in Istanbul for the Wall Street Journal.

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