Introduction to Central Asian History
This COURSE carries COLL S & H distribution credit
This course introduces the history of the traditional Central Eurasian (‘Inner Asian’) peoples through lectures and films. Topics include: the Central Eurasian Culture Complex and the Proto-Indo-Europeans; the nomads and the Silk Road; the Indo-European Chariot warriors; the Scythians and Hsiung-nu; the Proto-Mongolic peoples, the Goths, and Attila the Hun; The Turkic and Tibetan Empires; Chinggis (‘Genghis’) Khan and the Mongol Empire; Tamerlane; Babur and the Mughal Empire; the Manchu Empire and the Dalai Lama; Manchu-Chinese and Russian partition of Central Eurasia and closing of the Silk Road; reemergence of Central Eurasia in the late 20th century; and others. The course includes extensive use of films, including Attila, The Conqueror, Lost Horizon, Kundun, Seven Years in Tibet, Dzhamilya (Jamila), and Urga.