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  • Taschenbuch: 316 Seiten
  • Verlag: Oxford University Press, USA (11. November 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 9780195177268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195177268
  • ASIN: 0195177266
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,1 x 1,8 x 15,5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 204.312 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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a magisterial account of the history of the Turks from their origins to the 20th century. It is written by a scholar in total command of the material and the sources but in a style that brings specialist knowledge to the general reader. It is a book that asks and answers big questions with assurance and authority. Noel Brehony, President of BRISMES

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Beginning in Inner Asia two thousand years ago, the Turks have migrated and expanded to form today's Turkish Republic, five post-Soviet republics, other societies across Eurasia, and a global diaspora. For the first time in a single, accessible volume, this book traces the Turkic peoples' trajectory from steppe, to empire, to nation-state. Cultural, economic, social, and political history unite in these pages to illuminate the projection of Turkic identity across space and time and the profound transformations marked successively by the Turks' entry into Islam and into modernity.

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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Tabàro e baùta TOP 1000 REZENSENT am 21. November 2010
Format: Taschenbuch
Der Teppich - ein zentrales türkisches Kulturfundament - wird in diesem Fachbuch über die Geschichte der Türken von ihren Ursprüngen in Zentralasien über die Islamisierung bis heute als Metapher für die Entwicklung der Gesellschaft genutzt. Eine wirklich tolle Idee, leider schlecht umgesetzt.

Dieses Fachbuch, laut Klappentext auch inbesondere für den Laien geschrieben, hat mich schwer enttäuscht. Meine Erfahrung ist, dass englischsprachige Fachbücher in den allermeisten Fällen besser lesbar sind als deutsche - leider findet sich hier ausgerechnet bei einem Thema, für das es sonst kaum Literatur gibt, die berühmte Ausnahme. Trocken und uninspiriert zählt der Autor praktisch nur Fakten auf und versäumt es, einen roten Faden in den Teppich zu weben. Es entsteht einfach kein Gesamtbild; nach dem Lesen dieses Buches war ich so schlau wie vorher, denn es bleibt nichts hängen, obwohl es fachlich sicherlich ohne Mängel und mit viel Details versehen ist.

Sehr schade, denn, wie schon erwähnt, ist dies eine enorm spannende Thematik, die dringend einer guten Aufbereitung bedürfte.

Wer also ein Fachbuch sucht, das man regelrecht durcharbeiten muss, ist hier gut bedient; und Spezialisten oder Historiker können unbesehen zugreifen, denn die drei Sterne spiegeln weniger den fachlichen Inhalt als die äußerst schlechte Lesbarkeit für den (explizit als Zielgruppe angesprochenen) Laien wieder. Der Text ist nicht schwer im Sinne von kompliziert, er ist einfach nur sehr langweilig und blutleer.

Nicht besonders hübsch aufgemacht, mit grobem Papier und unansehnlichen Bildreproduktionen passt sich die äußerliche Form der innerlichen an.
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The Turks: Brief Panoramic Work 7. Januar 2005
Von César González Rouco - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This is a masterful work that can be savoured by the professional historian and educated layperson alike. It questions other analysises based on the clash of civilizations or which take for granted that something went wrong, reminding us that failing to adapt to global modernity, or lashing out violently against its manifestations, is not peculiar to any civilization. To put it in a nutshell, Findley looks for continuities and distinctive designs in the history of the Turkic peoples, considering the pre-islamic Turks and their precursors, the entry of the Turks (and the Monguls) into the Islamic world, the great age of indigenous Asian empire building; and finally the modern period. All that in 237 pages divided in the following chapters: One: The pre-islamic Turks and their Precursors; Two: Islam and Empire from the Seljuks through the Mongols; Three: Islamic Empires from Temür to the "Gunpowder Era"; Four: The Turks in the Modern world: Reform and Imperialism; Five: The Turks and Modernity: Republican and Communist; Conclusion: The Turkic Caravan in Retrospect.

Besides, the book is not a difficult reading (content: 5 starts; pleasure of reading: 4 to 3).

Other books I would recommend to read are the following: Donald Quataert, "The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922", and Robert Mantran (ed), "Histoire de l'Empire ottoman".
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Amazing History, Excellent Author. 25. Juli 2005
Von Serpil - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a truly remarkable book. Findley offers a well-written introduction to the entire history of Turks and Turkic peoples to the non-specialist reader in this very interesting work. The book is composed of an introduction, five main parts and a conclusion. It takes the history of Turks from the very beginning (the appearance of Xiongnu in the Central Asian steppes) and brings it up to the recent electoral victory of AKP (Justice and Development Party) in Turkey. I found the book especially strong on its chapters about Turks' conversion to Islam and after. On top of all the remarkable scholarly qualities of the book, Findley is a very good writer and he carefully explains every point, which may be difficult or unknown to the lay reader. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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Excellent Brief Encyclopedia of Turkic Peoples 24. Februar 2006
Von NA Reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It is a good and brief source of information, sometimes, quite detailed about the history of turkic-speaking people from the ancient to modern time. The author managed to put in 230 pages of the text the mainstream of the development of turkic tribes, peoples and states. The book is objective and well reference-based.
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Well written, historicially detailed with insightful analysis 2. Dezember 2009
Von doc peterson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Findley, in the introduction to _The Turks in World History_ writes, "This book is intended for the nonspecialists who want to know more about this important part of the history of humanity." This is quite a broad goal; Findley hits the mark, dead center. His masterful historical narrative pulls together geographically and socially disparate parts of world history - East Asia, India, the Middle East and Eastern Europe with the common thread of the Turks. His history has certainly given me pause to reconsider the way in which "world civilization" is interrealted.

The book begins with the distant (and not well documented) history of the nomads of present-day Mongolia and Siberia, the forefathers of both the Mongols, the Finns, the Hungarians, Turkomans, Uzbeks and the Turks: the Hsung-nu. Well known to the Ch'in and Han dynasty, these were the peoples against whom the Great Wall of China was constructed. From these origins, the gradual migration of Turkish-speaking peoples is chronicled through a variety of westward migrating groups from Uighurs, to the Huns, to the Golden Horde of Chingiss Khan to the Ottomans and the residents of present-day Turkey. As the history of this people are told, the common cultural ties of the Turks are pointed out - the forest that I had missed for the trees of differences between groups. The dialectic between micro-political forces (born of the de-centralized nature of steppe life) macro-political forces (as the Turks in their various groups became slaves, soldiers, and eventually conquorers) particularly impressed me: I had never seen the cultural, artistic and sociological similarities between Mongol, Mameluk, Seljuk, Ottoman and Moughal before. Similarly I had never made the broader connection between "cossack" (the free-ranging horsemen of Ukraine) with "Kazakh", the Turkish horsemen of Central Asia; or the connection between the Uzbeks (of Central Asia) with the decendents of Chingiss (Oezbek). These are only two of the many threads that Findely uses to weave together his world history.

Truly the Turks, perhaps more than any other ethno-lingusitic group, have pulled together far-flung parts of the world through commerce and conquest. The last third of the book in which European imperialism and the rise of modern states is discussed was of less interest to me, but was no less profound. History can be dry, even downright boring if not well presented. Findely's writing is fluid and keeps the reader's attention. The connections between peoples, civilizations and cultures are regularly referred back to, allowing the reader to easily follow the larger points he wants to make.

That the Turks had such a major role and place in world history is something I had not previously considered; before reading _The Turks in World History_, I understood them only in the narrow construct of the Ottoman and Mughal Empires. I now seriously reconsider my view as a result of this book. For students of history (either literally or figuratively) I highly recommend this book.
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Closing a gap, partly 16. März 2011
Von H. Schneider - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
If you feel that you want to know more about Turkey and its history, and are not entirely clueless about related subjects, like Islam, Central Asia, Russia/ the Soviet Union, China, Mongolia, India, the Silk Road, empires and whatnot, then this book is a good choice. I found it through an amazon friend's review. I can't exclude that the specialists in the many fields touching on the subject are dissatisfied with this or that, nor that essentialists, like Islamists or Anti-Islamists or Turkish Pan-Nationalists, find fault with it. It did its job for me. I am not enthusiastic about the author's writing skills, but one can't have perfection, often. He writes clearly and scholarly, but I would wish a little more `esprit' once in a while, to spice things up or sweeten them. Of course one can say that humor has no place in serious scholarship, but after all I don't get paid for reading this and hence might be humored a little, no?

A key point to consider when approaching the subject `Turkey' is its complexity: as Findley explains in his introduction, modern Turkey's history and cultural tradition feeds on three main streams: the Anatolian heritage from pre-Turkish and pre-Islamic times; Islam, which came from the South; and the Turkish/Turkic peoples, which came from the East. This book, as its title implies, focuses on the third part. Considering that the book has only 230 pages it would be unrealistic to expect the full package.

The Turks of the title include the people of Turkey as well as the Turkic peoples living further East: the Uigurs, Uzbeks, Kirgiz, Kasakhs (Cossacks), Turkmens, Tadjiks, Tatars, etc. as well as some peoples of the past, like the Huns. Turkish empires existed already during the first millennium in the neighborhood of China and had mixed relations, mainly with the Tang dynasty. That included clashes and wars, but also periods of symbiosis.
Most Turks were converted to Islam between the 10th and 14th century. Anatolia was first called Turchia in a European document of the 12th. Turkish nationalists make much of this great Greater Turkey tradition. It is worth noting, in Findley's words, that: `Far from leading to a pure national essence, the search for pure Turkic origins leads to a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual steppe milieu.'

The predecessor of modern Turkey, the Ottoman Empire, was a long-lived structure: its beginning is dated at 1300, and it fell at the same time as the Habsburg Empire and the Russian Czars' (except that the latter stayed more or less together under the Soviets, while the other 2 were dismantled, which was not necessarily a good thing for the 20th century.)
The Ottomans began to thrive after the demise of the Mongol Empire. What had caused that? Findley does not go deeply into that question, it is outside the scope. An important factor was surely the invention of gun powder, which reduced the steppe horsemen's efficacy. Another one mentioned by Findley is the plague epidemic of the 14th century.

One should be aware that the Ottoman empire was in existence at the same time as the Safavids' in Iran and the Moghuls' in India. At the time China was ruled by two great dynasties: first the Ming, then the Manchus. Point being: the European imperial expansion did not impact Asia all that much before 1800. And another point: imperialism was not a European invention. (The Europeans just did it differently and later. No apology meant by this, just trying to put things in perspective.) The crusaders were a fringe phenomenon.
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