[A]n eclectic collection that spans from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, offers contributions from historians, literary scholars, and ethnomusicologists. . . We gain a sense of the evolving goals of outside powers: Russian and Persian missions sought to halt a burgeoning slave trade; Indian princedoms sought allies; Chinese Qing bureaucrats sought to categorize and rule the peoples on the edge of their empire; German anthropologists sought an 'Aryan heartland'; and the British worked to define geographic markers to their advantage in the nineteenth century 'Great Game' with the tsarist empire.
* American Historical Review *
In his engaging, lucid introduction to 'Writing Travel in Central Asian History', Nile Green writes that its chapters use the lens of travel writing to 'explore the different meanings given to Central Asia in the far corners of the world during the region's most intensive periods of globalization between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries'. . . intriguing and valuable . . . .May 2016
* Journal of Asian Studies *
Accustomed as we have become to appraise Central Asia through the prism of postcolonialism, Nile Green's collection turns our collective head 180 degrees. The eight essays and Green's introduction that frames them sets us off in an entirely new direction. . . . The essays provide a new approach for the study of Central Asia, and, they are excellent for this reason.
* Slavic Review *
Aiming 'to connect Central Asia to global history', this body of research will prove an important anthology for scholars and advanced students alike who are interested in exploring the cultural connections uniting these proximate spheres.
* Central Asian Survery *