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Hailed by way of reviewers as “majestic and magisterial,” Nomads and the outdoors global used to be first released in English in 1984.  With the author's new creation and an up to date bibliography, this vintage is now on hand in an variation obtainable to scholars. From studies of the 1st version: “Magisterial.  .  .  .  Combining a gorgeous erudition, a candid judgment, and a refined experience of irony, Khazanov units out to problem the orthodox view of nomadic feudalism and, within the method, has produced the 1st comparative survey of pastoral societies that may declare to be really complete, protecting their historical past in Eurasia, the center East, and Africa from the origins of pastoralism to the sunrise of the smooth era.”—Tim Ingold, present Anthropology “This is the easiest learn on pastoral nomadism that the reviewer has ever read.  eventually we've got a massive try to current the full phenomenon in historic, ecological, spatial and structural perspective.  .  .  .  excellent scholarship.  it's the form of paintings which could basically be produced due to years of particular examine, a lot deep pondering  .  .  .  and a choice to reject cant.”—John C. Wilkinson, Geographical magazine “Khazanov's booklet on pastoral nomadism is a heroic recreation of a sort no one has heavily tried before.  .  .  .  fairly useful to western readers are the fabrics at the a variety of peoples of primary Asia and Siberia  .  .  .  and their integration with research of extra general societies comparable to these of North and East Africa and the center East.  .  .  .  The insights supplied via this ebook are too a number of to list.”—Caroline Humphrey, instances Literary complement

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The pastoralists and pastoral nomads of the Middle East (Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan) continue to attract the attention of many scholars, with the pas­ toralists of Iran occupying the major focus (see Oberling, 1974; Ehman, 1975; Stober, 1978; Tapper, 1979 on the Shahsevan; Digard, 1981 on the Bakhtiari; Garthwaite, 1983; Beck, 1986; Black-Michaud, 1986 on the Lurs; Bradburd, 1990 on the Komachi; Beck, 1991 on the Qashghai; and van Bruinessen, 1992, on the Kurds). Several monographs on the pastoralists of Afghanistan describe the situation as it existed before the Soviet invasion of that country (Shahrani, 1979; Barfield, 1981; and Tapper, 1991).

The political aims of the center were achieved; the pastoralists were 'domesticated,' but at a heavy cost. Their traditional way of life was ruined and the Soviet economy was seriously damaged. The Kazakhs, in the past the most numerous nomadic people of the USSR, illustrate these tragic events. In the early 1930s, during the traumatic events of forced collectivization and bloody settlement of Kazakh nomads on fixed lands, about 550,000 nomadic and semi-nomadic households were forced to seden­ tarize, often in waterless regions where not only agriculture but pastoralism Population and Livestock, Kazakhstan, 1928-1975 The Kazakh population in Kazakhstan 1930 1939 1959 4,120,000 2,307,000 2,755,000 Number of livestock in Kazakhstan 1928 1933 1975 30,305,900 4,800,600 29,700,000 Source: Khazanov 1990a, li Introduction to the second edition were impossible.

Highland or alpine pastoralism (transhumance) in Europe, (including the Mediterranean) as well as in the Caucasus, and the Andes, is practically omitted within this book because it is nothing else, and apparently never was anything else, than a specialized branch of an agricultural economy (for the archaeo­ logical and historical evidence on transhumance and its evolution in Europe see Whittaker, 1988). Braudel was completely right when he noticed that "trans­ humance even in its most disruptive form only concerns a specialized popula­ tion: the shepherds.

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