Description - The Turkic Peoples of the World by Margaret Bainbridge
This work offers a study in English of the Turkic peoples of the contemporary world. Turks - people who claim to be ethnically Turks or who have a Turkic language as their mother tongue - are an ethnolinguistic group that receive little recognition in the Western media, despite the fact that they were a potent force in Eurasian history. Probably originating in what is today Mongolia, they spread out beyond their home area under different names: into Europe as Huns, Cossacks, Polovtsi, later as Osmanli or Ottomans; into India as Moguls; into North Africa as Mamelukes. Today the Turkic peoples inhabit a broad and politically sensitive belt stretching across middle Eurasia from the former Yugoslavia in the west to northwestern China in the east. In the 20th century, they number some 100 million in population, but until now little has been known of their present condition, particularly of those who are a minority in their countries. In this volume, which begins with an historical introduction, detailed information on numbers, distribution, civil and economic status, language and religion is presented in the form of separate chapters for each country with a Turkic population.
Each chapter is written by an area specialist and illustrated with specially drawn maps.
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