Event—Adult Education

States and Civilizations of Eurasia: The Caucasus and Central Asia

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Explore the diverse political, social, and cultural histories of the Caucasus and Central Asia regions.

Asia Minor, the Caucasus and the Black Sea. 1911. Call number: Case DK509 .C8 1911

Class Description

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The Caucasus and Central Asia are diverse ancient regions on the crossroads between Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; they weave cultural elements from many civilizations into intricate tapestries, like their celebrated rugs.

Today, the Caucasus consists of Armenia, the world's first Christian nation; Georgia; Azerbaijan; and autonomous republics within Russia populated by Indigenous peoples along with descendants of Great Eurasian migrations.

Central Asia is home to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan, countries formed on the remnants of the great Bronze Age Oxus Civilization, the Golden Age of 800-1100, and the spectacular artistic and architectural Timurid Renaissance that influenced the rest of the world.

This class will illuminate the political, social, and cultural history of these regions, from Zoroastrianism and Shamanist to Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam, from their acme moments to the present day.

Nina Wieda teaches at Northwestern University. She received her PhD in Russian literature from Northwestern University and an MA in nationalism studies from Central European University.

Materials List

No required materials or first reading.

Cost and Registration

Six sessions, $268 ($241 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

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