Central Asia

16 Dec 2023 22:43

Contacts with Europeans in ancient times; the Greco-Bactrians; Bronze Age and earlier cities, their culture and commerce; the Silk Road; nomadism, relations of current nomads to those of Herodotus, cycles of nomadic invasion (one of my pet theories is that Lenin was the last great Central Asian conqueror); "lost cities of desert Cathay"; Paul or Pavel Nazaroff; Sir Aurel Stein; current politics; cultural history; cultural exports; shamanism; pagan survivals under Islam. Ladakh. Xinjiang under Chinese rule. Above all, Afghanistan.

Someday, I'd like to spend a year or so wandering about the middle of Asia on a yak; but neither the local conditions nor my career make this very likely. In the meanwhile, I read about people who did.