Harper, 25 avr. 2014 - 676 pages
This is the story of remarkable people, astonishing achievements and eventful lives, of a culture that lay the foundations for the modern world - a rich, exciting and largely forgotten historyIn this sweeping and richly illustrated history, S. Frederick Starr tells the fascinating but largely unknown story of Central Asia's medieval enlightenment through the eventful lives and astonishing accomplishments of its greatest minds and remarkable figures who built a bridge to the modern world. Lost Enlightenment recounts how, between 800 and 1200, Central Asia led the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields. It chronicles this forgotten age of achievement, seeks to explain its rise, and explores the competing theories about the cause of its eventual demise. Informed by the latest scholarship, yet written in a lively and accessible style, this is a book that will surprise general readers and specialists alike.
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LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - le.vert.galant - LibraryThing
Like Peter Green's Alexander To Actium, this fascinating and well-written book illuminates the culture and politics of an area that normally receives cursory treatment in English-language histories. Consulter l'avis complet
LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
Okay the maps are too few and bad. But the text is illuminating and clear. there are a few descents into folksiness like"Tamerlane and his hearties", but this is an important book. the author has the ... Consulter l'avis complet