Samarkand Book


  • Author : G. A. Ashurov
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1986
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 58
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015050537938

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Samarkand and Bukhara Book

Samarkand and Bukhara

  • Author : John Lawton
  • Publisher : I. B. Tauris
  • Release Date : 1991
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015022035037

Samarkand and Bukhara Excerpt :

By the 15th century, Samarkand and Bukhara were the most important cities along the Silk Route, hives of international trade and centres of art and science. By the 18th century, they had become forbidden cities to all but Muslims, and until quite recently were only rarely visited by travellers from the West.

Russian Rule in Samarkand 1868 1910 Book

Russian Rule in Samarkand 1868 1910

  • Author : Alexander Morrison
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2008-09-11
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 396
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191563171

Russian Rule in Samarkand 1868 1910 Excerpt :

Russian Rule in Samarkand examines the structures, personnel, and ideologies of Russian imperialism in Turkestan, taking Samarkand and the surrounding region as a case-study. The creation of a colonial administration in Central Asia presented Russia with similar problems to those faced by the British in India, but different approaches to governance meant that the two regimes often stood in stark contrast to one another. While the Russian administration was characterised by corruption and inefficiency, British rule in India was often more violent, and its subjects much more heavily taxed. Opening with the background to the political situation in Central Asia and a narrative of the Russian conquest itself, the book moves on to analyse official attitudes to Islam and to pre-colonial elites, and the earliest attempts to establish a functioning system of revenue collection. Uncovering the religious and ethnic composition of the military bureaucracy, and the social background, education and training of its personnel, Alexander Morrison assesses the competence of these officers vis-à-vis their Anglo-Indian counterparts. Subsequent chapters look at the role of the so-called 'native administration' in governing the countryside and collecting taxes, the attempt to administer the complex systems of irrigation leading from the Zarafshan and Syr-Darya rivers, and the nature and functions of the Islamic judiciary under colonial rule. Based on extensive archival research in Russia, India, and Uzbekistan, and containing much rare source material translated from the original Russian, Russian Rule in Samarkand will be of interest to all those interested in the history of the Russian Empire and European Imperialism more generally.

Samarkand Dawn Book

Samarkand Dawn

  • Author : Graham Diamond
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1981
  • Genre: Science fiction
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 087216781X

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The Golden Peaches of Samarkand Book
Score: 5
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The Golden Peaches of Samarkand

  • Author : Edward H. Schafer
  • Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-10-21
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 619
  • ISBN 10 : 9781787201125

The Golden Peaches of Samarkand Excerpt :

In the seventh century the kingdom of Samarkand sent formal gifts of fancy yellow peaches, large as goose eggs and with a color like gold, to the Chinese court at Ch’ang-an. What kind of fruit these golden peaches really were cannot now be guessed, but they have the glamour of mystery, and they symbolize all the exotic things longed for, and unknown things hoped for, by the people of the T’ang empire. This book examines the exotics imported into China during the T’ang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907), and depicts their influence on Chinese life. Into the land during the three centuries of T’ang came the natives of almost every nation of Asia, all bringing exotic wares either as gifts or as goods to be sold. Ivory, rare woods, drugs, diamonds, magicians, dancing girls—the author covers all classes of unusual imports, their places of origin, their lore, their effect on costume, dwellings, diet, and on painting, sculpture, music, and poetry. This book is not a statistical record of commercial imports and medieval trade, but rather a “humanistic essay, however material its subject matter.” “The most essential thing the reviewer can say about this book is, ‘Read it!’ It is probably the most informative, most scholarly, and most delightfully written book on China that has appeared in our time. It is a heartening reminder that scholars still have an interest in studying history in terms of people, in examining people’s intimate reactions to the little human things that occupied their daily lives.”—Jour. of Asian Studies “A pure delight....Scarcely any aspect of T’ang life is omitted, so that bit by bit Mr. Schafer builds up a reasonably complete picture of an entire civilization. Mr· Schafer writes with urbanity and wit.”—Sat. Rev. “A fascinating survey of T’ang culture as reflected in the use and demand for exotica....Rarely has the reviewer come upon a book so enjoyable and informative·”—Jour. of the American Oriental Society.

The Golden Road to Samarkand Book
Score: 5
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The Golden Road to Samarkand

  • Author : Wilfrid Blunt
  • Publisher : Penguin Putnam
  • Release Date : 1973
  • Genre: Asia, Central
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : UCSC:32106018260536

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Dreaming of Samarkand Book

Dreaming of Samarkand

  • Author : Martin Booth
  • Publisher : William Morrow & Company
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 333
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015018827967

Dreaming of Samarkand Excerpt :

Stationed in Lebanon, far from the London intellectual society to which he aspires, minor poet James Elroy Flecker falls in love with T.E. Lawrence, the spy he is assigned to control

The Samarkand Dimension Book

The Samarkand Dimension

  • Author : David Wise
  • Publisher : Avon Books
  • Release Date : 1988-12
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 0380705184

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The Golden Journey to Samarkand Book

The Golden Journey to Samarkand

  • Author : James Elroy Flecker
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1915
  • Genre: English poetry
  • Pages : 65
  • ISBN 10 : WISC:89099800773

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A Journey to Samarkand Book

A Journey to Samarkand

  • Author : Larry Wills Henderson
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1960
  • Genre: Soviet Union
  • Pages : 158
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105070687012

A Journey to Samarkand Excerpt :

Canadian journalist's account of his 9,000 mile journey across Russia to Soviet Central Asia in 1957.

From the Bosporus to Samarkand Book

From the Bosporus to Samarkand

  • Author : Anthony N. Landreau
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1969
  • Genre: Bosporus (Turkey)
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015016845383

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Samarkand Book


  • Author : Marco Buttino
  • Publisher : Viella Libreria Editrice
  • Release Date : 2021-07-21T17:41:00+02:00
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN 10 : 9788833139142

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Samarkand, located along the Silk Road, has a history that is often confused with a fabled image of the East. This book, however, deals with a real city, narrating the changes that took place while it was part of the USSR and in the period following, all the way up to the present. In Samarkand, the passage between these two eras reflects the broader transformation that affected Uzbekistan and the other Central Asian countries, which were internal colonies, first of Russia and then of the Soviet Union, before becoming independent states. Step by step, the reader enters the city, its various districts, private homes, public places, and hears the stories of diverse individuals and families. Based on archival records, interviews and photographs, the book traces the changes in cultures and ways of life in Samarkand over this period, and investigates the tensions of the post-Soviet years. The Russians vanished from the city they had colonised or guided through the years of Soviet “modernisation”, as did many populations that had been deported there during the Second World War, and various local minorities. The city experienced a period of profound crisis, was transformed in terms of the composition of its population, constructed a new national image, rewrote its history and finally emerged ready to receive tourists with their cameras.

Samarkand Book
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  • Author : Amin Maalouf
  • Publisher : Abacus
  • Release Date : 2012-04-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780748131242

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Accused of mocking the inviolate codes of Islam, the Persian poet and sage Omar Khayyam fortuitously finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising genius, the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small, blank book, encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone. Thus beginds the seamless blend of fact and fiction that is Samarkand. Vividly re-creating the history of the manuscript of the Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam, Amin Maalouf spans continents and centuries with breathtaking vision: the dusky exoticism of 11th-century Persia, with its poetesses and assassins; the same country's struggles nine hundred years later, seen through the eyes of an American academic obsessed with finding the original manuscript ; and the fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, whose tragedy led to the Rubaiyaat's final resting place - all are brought to life with keen assurance by this gifted and award-winning writer.