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  • 29 September - 17 October 2003


    Paris, October 13 – The latest volume in the History of Civilizations of Central Asia has just been released by UNESCO Publishing. Giving valuable insights into the background to contemporary political developments in the region, Development in Contrast: From the Sixteenth to the Mid-Nineteenth Century is the fifth and penultimate volume of the History. It will be presented at UNESCO Headquarters on Thursday October 16, at 6 pm, during UNESCO’s General Conference.

    central_asia.gif The multi-volume History of Civilizations of Central Asia is a comprehensive scientific work, covering the history of this vast region, from the earliest times to the present day. Compiled by over 300 scholars, mostly from the region, the History covers the lands lying at the heart of the Eurasian continent, namely, the territories of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, North India, Western China, Mongolia, Southern Siberia and the Republics of the former USSR, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

    With 936 pages, over 150 illustrations, most of them in colour, 6 geographical maps, a glossary and full index, the latest volume covers a crucial epoch for this vast region, tracing its entry into modern times and showing why, at the dawn of the 21st century, it has become such a strategic centre in contemporary geo-politics. Volume V explores in detail the emergence and fall of empires, as well as the flourishing of tangible and intangible cultures, arts and religions that still exist today.

    The last volume ‘Towards Contemporary Civilizations: From the Mid-Nineteenth Century to the Present Time’ will be published in the next biennium. Its editor will be Professor Olivier Roy (France) with Professor Madhavan K. Palat, from India, and Dr Anara Tabyshalieva from the Kyrgyz Republic, as co-editors.

    The two chief editors of Volume V, Professor Chahryar Adle, from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Irfan Habib, from India, will present this latest work to an invited public, at a ceremony on Thursday October 16, at 6 p.m. in Room IX.


    For more information, see: www.unesco.org/culture/asia/

    Journalists wishing to attend the ceremony must be accredited to UNESCO’s General Conference, tel: +33-1 45 68 17 48


    Source Media advisory N° 2003-82




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