A History of Central Asia
by Anne Davison
Conquest, invasion, empire building and colonialism; the Achaemenids, Sassanids and Safavids, and exploits of Alexander the Great. Chapters on Turkic migrations, arrival of Islam, the Mongols and the conflict between imperial Russia and Britain, known as the Great Game. Soviet rule in Central Asia marks the final chapter, concluding with an Epilogue bringing the reader up to current events.