The Role of Migration in the History of the Eurasian Steppe

Sedentary Civilization vs. “Barbarian” and Nomad

  • Editors
  • Andrew Bell-Fialkoff

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Framework

    1. Andrew Bell-Fialkoff
      Pages 1-17
  3. Migrations from Areas of Advanced Civilization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Andrew Bell-Fialkoff
      Pages 21-35
    3. Dean S. Rugg
      Pages 37-58
  4. Migrations of the “Forest” Tribes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Andrew Bell-Fialkoff
      Pages 105-115
    3. Andrew Bell-Fialkoff
      Pages 117-132
    4. Andrew Bell-Fialkoff
      Pages 133-149
    5. Andrew Bell-Fialkoff
      Pages 151-179
  5. Nomadic Migrations Nomads and Their Origins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-187
    2. Rebecca W. Wendelken
      Pages 189-206
    3. Andrew Bell-Fialkoff
      Pages 207-213
    4. Andrew Bell-Fialkoff
      Pages 215-227
    5. Andrew Bell-Fialkoff
      Pages 229-249
    6. Christopher Kaplonski
      Pages 251-274
    7. Andrew Bell-Fialkoff
      Pages 275-285
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 287-355

About this book


Throughout their entire history, the sedentary civilizations of China and Europe had to deal with nomads and barbarians. This unique volume explores their drastically different responses: China 'chose' containment while Europe 'chose' expansion. Migration played a crucial role in this interaction. Issuing from two population centers, the sedentary one in the West and the nomadic one in the East, two powerful population streams confronted each other in the Eurasian Steppe. This confrontation was a crucial factor in determining patterns of Eurasian history - it destroyed existing states, created new ones, and drastically changed the balance of power. Even today, while Russian populations in Asia contract, the population pressures in China and Central Asia continue to build and are likely to spill over across the border. This book shows how we are witnessing the beginning of a new cycle of the age-old contest.


antiquity Asian history China Europe Expansion history mediterranean migration Russia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-61839-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-61837-8
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