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Central Asian City States (500-1000 AD)

This list covers the famous city-states (Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Ferghana) of Sogdia (later Transoxiana) and the early kingdom of Khwarizm into which they evolved, as well as those city-states that lay east along the Silk Road in the Tarim Basin (Kucha, Khotan, Turfan). Populated by Indo-Europeans, enriched by the East-West trade, the Central Asian City States found themselves inexplicably caught between the expanding Arab Conquest from the west and nomadic Turkish migration from the east.

Tony Stapells offers scans of the new Outpost Wargames Service's Central Asian Turks.

For a basic history of the region, try Rene Grousset's The Empire of the Steppes: A History of Central Asia, translation by Naomi Walford (Rutgers Univ. Press, 1999). For the earlier period, try Laszlo Torday's Mounted Archers: The Beginnings of Central Asian History (Univ. of Washington, Jan. 1998).

The British Library's International Dunhuang Project has published over 20,000 historical documents from Central Asia on-line in a web database.

The Glories of Sogdiania

Early Medieval History and Coins of Central Asia

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