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CONQUERORS AND CARAVANS: The Western Silk Road

Lisa Balabanlilar

For centuries the oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Merv, and Khiva were the center of a global caravan trade and served as the glittering capital cities of a long series of merchant kingdoms and conquerors, from the Sogdian Persians to the Turco-Mongol Empires of Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, to the imperial Russians and the Soviets. In this lecture we will focus on the region's historical and cultural context, exploring the legacy of centuries of intense demographic movement across an ethnically and religiously diverse region of the world.

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For centuries the oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Merv, and Khiva were the center of a global caravan trade and served as the glittering capital cities of a long series of merchant kingdoms and conquerors, from the Sogdian Persians to the Turco-Mongol Empires of Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, to the imperial Russians and the Soviets. In this lecture we will focus on the region's historical and cultural context, exploring the legacy of centuries of intense demographic movement across an ethnically and religiously diverse region of the world.

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For centuries the oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Merv, and Khiva were the center of a global caravan trade and served as the glittering capital cities of a long series of merchant kingdoms and conquerors, from the Sogdian Persians to the Turco-Mongol Empires of Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, to the imperial Russians and the Soviets. In this lecture we will focus on the region's historical and cultural context, exploring the legacy of centuries of intense demographic movement across an ethnically and religiously diverse region of the world.

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For centuries the oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Merv, and Khiva were the center of a global caravan trade and served as the glittering capital cities of a long series of merchant kingdoms and conquerors, from the Sogdian Persians to the Turco-Mongol Empires of Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, to the imperial Russians and the Soviets. In this lecture we will focus on the region's historical and cultural context, exploring the legacy of centuries of intense demographic movement across an ethnically and religiously diverse region of the world.

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