Tuna Artun: High School Teachers Institute
Friday, February 17, 2023, 09:00am - 02:30pm
“Beyond the Silk Road: Inner Eurasia in World History, ”
Friday, February 17, 2023
9a - 2:30p, AB 6051
Tuna Artun, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University
Much of our understanding of premodern Inner Eurasia--between the great urban centers of the Mediterranean world, East Asia and the Indian subcontinent--has been justifiably shaped by narratives revolving around the emergence and development of the Silk Road. As vital as it was for world history, the "Silk Road" itself constituted just a part of a much larger area of Eurasian steppes and it was also often shaped by politico-military and socio-economic pressures exerted by steppe peoples. The history of Inner Eurasia and the Eurasian steppes is key to understanding the diffusion of distinct linguistic, religious and epistemic traditions in an expansive geography stretching from what is today Russian Siberia and Chinese Manchuria in the east to the Pannonian Basin of Central Europe in the west.