BOOK REVIEWS/COMPTES RENDUS Nomads of Eurasia. Edited by V. N. Basilov. Translated by Mary Fleming Zirin. Los Angeles: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in association with Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. 1989, xiii, 192 pp, $39.95. Nomads of Eurasia is both a concise, but very informative, historical account and illustrated catalogue of the major nomadic groups who controlled the extensive steppes of Eurasia, and sometimes territories adja- cent to them, over a period of about 2500 years. The editor, V. N. Basilov, a prominent scholar of the peoples of Central Asia, was fortunate in attract- ing as authors and co-authors many of the prominent specialists in the field. A translator of technical works seldom gets the credit deserved. In this case, Mary Fleming Zirin has done an excellent job. The introduction and first six of the twelve chapters cover the principal peoples and linguistic groups in historical sequence: The Scythians and Sakians (the Sacae of Herodotus) who controlled the steppes from the eighth to the third centuries B.C., the Huns (third century B.C. to sixth century A. D.), the Turkic-speaking peoples (sixth to twelfth centuries), and the Mongolic-speaking peoples (thirteenth and fourteenth centuries). The folk-culture
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