The Turks: The Central Asian Civilization That Bridged the East and The West for Over Two Millennia (Paperback)
Volume 2 of The Turks continues from where Volume 1 left off. After the Turks migrated away from the Far East, they came into contact with Islam once they reached the Near East. By mastering their military skills they became the masters of the Islamic world nearly for a millennium.
Transitioning from nomadic states of the Eurasian steppes to forming formidable empires, they proved to be part of the evolving world history. In fact, as they stretched their influence into the continents of Asia, Europe, and Africa, they contributed in the development of Western in addition to the Asian cultures.
By controlling the Silk Road - an important historic avenue that allowed not only the transfer of merchandise across the vast territories of Eurasia but also facilitated the transfer of information and cultural traits between the West and the East - the Turks influenced the evolution of the Western civilization for more than a millennium.
The Turks will provide you with what you did not know about them. This volume also shows how the Turkish speakers evolved into their present-day demographic state. Today, the Turks live in the republics of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. Furthermore, they are found in multiple autonomous regions across Eurasia and eastern Turkestan in China.
Examining the history of the Turks will give you a different perspective in what you learned about the world history. The Turks provides evidence-based history of a nation that proudly displays its Central Asian culture, which transformed into its modern-day form with a fusion multiple traditions from Arabs, Chinese, Greeks, Indians, Persians, and so on.
About the Author
Erol I. Yorulmazoglu has previously served as secretary general and regional vice president for the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA). A board-certified physician and educator, he has worked as a history teacher at Chicago's Turkish American School. An extensive traveler, Yorulmazoglu has visited many historical sites throughout central Asia. He enjoys giving lectures on Turkish history to adults and children alike. He is passionate about educating Turkish youth living outside of Turkey to help them better understand their culture and history. Yorulmazoglu is married and has three children.