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.
Carter V. Findley, Professor of History, Ohio State University
"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