Book List

Sources for the Silk Road History Podcast

NoteThese are book sources that I either have access to or that are in my possession, and that I will be, at some point (hopefully), referring to as a source. It’s a list that will very likely be expanding; if you have any recommendations for me, do not hesitate to email me or contact me on Twitter. Articles and other sources will be shared along with each episode blog post.

  • Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane: S. Frederick Starr
  • Religions of the Silk RoadPremodern Patterns of GlobalizationRichard Foltz
  • Life Along the Silk Road: Susan Whitfield
  • The Silk Roads: A New History of the World: Peter Frankopan
  • Empires of the Silk Road: Christopher I. Beckwith
  • By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean: The Birth of EurasiaBarry Cunliffe
  • The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia: Peter Hopkirk
  • The Travels of Ibn Battuta: Ibn Battuta
  • The Travels of Marco Polo: Marco Polo
  • Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History: Thomas Barfield
  • Great Games, Local Rules: The New Power Contest In Central Asia: Alexander Cooley
  • Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang: James A. Millward 
  • The Resurgence of Central Asia: Islam or Nationalism?: Ahmed Rashid
  • Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia: Alexander Cooley
  • Inside Central Asia: A Political and Cultural History of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Iran: Dilip Hiro
  • Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: The Search for the Lost Treasures of Central AsiaPeter Hopkirk
  • The Silk Road Journey with Xuanzang: Sally Hovey Wriggins
  • A History of Iran: Empire of the MindMichael Axworthy 
  • The Great Tang Dynasty Records of the Western Regions: Li Rongxi
  • China’s Golden Age: Everyday Life in the Tang Dynasty: Charles Benn
  • The Mongols and the Islamic World: From Conquest to Conversion: Peter Jackson
  • The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: A Study of T’ang Exotics: Edward Schafer
  • China’s Cosmopolitan Empire: The Tang Dynasty: Mark Edward Lewis
  • Islam after Communism: Religion and Politics in Central Asia: Adeeb Khalid
  • Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang: James Millward
  • China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia: Peter C. Perdue
  • Familiar Strangers: A History of Muslims in Northwest China: Johnathan N. Lipman
  • The Road to Oxiana: Robert Byron
  • The Turks in World History: Carter Vaughn Finley
  • Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42: William Dalrymple
  • In Xanadu: A Quest: William Dalrymple
  • Setting the East Ablaze: Lenin’s Dream of an Empire in Asia: Peter Hopkirk
  • Like Hidden Fire: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire: Peter Hopkirk
  • The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia: James Palmer
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes: Tamim Ansary
  • The Prehistory of the Silk RoadElena Efimovna Kuzmina
  • Silk and ReligionAn Exploration of Material Life and the Thought of People, 600-1200 ADXinru Liu
  • Situating the Uyghurs Between China and Central Asia: ed. Ildikó Bellér-Hann, M. Cristina Cesàro, Rachel Harris and Joanne Smith Finley
  • A History of Inner AsiaSvat Soucek
  • Muslim Religious Institutions in Imperial RussiaThe Islamic World of Novouzensk District andthe Kazakh Inner Horde17801910: Allen J. Frank