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Christopher I. Beckwith is a Professor at Indiana University.

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Sorry, but no - I don't believe it. Yes Scythians existed, and yes very similar cultural remains have been found in Central Asia and Southern Siberia. But calling it an empire? (Still a worthwhile addition to my collection of books about Scythians though)
Nicole_VanK | 2 andre anmeldelser | May 15, 2024 |
This was chosen by Peter Brown, Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Emeritus at Princeton University and author of Journeys of the Mind: A Life in History (Princeton, 2023) , as one of History Today’s Books of the Year 2023.

Find out why at HistoryToday.com.
HistoryToday | 2 andre anmeldelser | Nov 24, 2023 |
As most other reviews have pointed out, a passable book on the subject until the bizarre left field turn towards the end when the book becomes a diatribe against modernism.
pithyname | 6 andre anmeldelser | Sep 30, 2023 |
As unlikely as it may seem given the country's modern image, Tibet was once an expansionistic empire, seeking from about the middle of the seventh century to the middle of the ninth to expand in all directions. Beckwith deals, as the title says, with the Central Asian aspect of this, in what's now northwestern China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, easternmost Afghanistan, and Kashmir. Tibetan entanglements south of the Himalayas are completely ignored, the eastern flank, towards China Proper, is treated only cursorily, and internal Tibetan developments are dealt with only to the extent they impacted imperial designs in the north and west.

The book is a narrative history of military campaigns and diplomatic manoeuvres - there's hardly anything on how the conquered territories were ruled, on how the Tibetan armies were organized, or similar. And given the barrage of unfamiliar geographical names, the book is badly let down by the inadequate maps, which makes those campaigns hard to follow. The Internet isn't too much help here either, as many of the places concerned have different names in different languages and at different times, and the ones Beckwith chose back in the 1980s aren't necessarily the ones you're most likely to find on the Web today.

After five chapters of dry narrative, Beckwith rather incongruously rounds off with an Epilogue that seeks to argue that Tibet and Carolingian Francia were not backwards compared to Tang China, the Caliphate, and Byzantium. A worthy argument, perhaps, but seems like it'd better belong in another book entirely.

I thus found the book rather frustrating - but there, three and a half decades on, seems to be nothing else on offer on the subject.
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