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Afghanistan in Eurasia; A talk by Warwick Ball - 4th November at 6pm




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We are delighted to be hosting this talk at The Nomads Tent on Thursday 4th November at 6pm.

Afghanistan throughout history has both shaped and reflected events throughout Eurasia, a subject explored in Warwick's latest book; The Eurasian Steppe: People, Movement, Ideas.

It has been stated that Afghanistan has no great history of statehood or even historical reality, only coming into existence in the eighteenth century and consolidated in the nineteenth. Yet since earliest history, Scythians, Greeks, Huns, Turks, Mongols and a host of others have found a home in the territory of Afghanistan, not to mention Zoroastrians, Jews, Buddhists, Christians and Muslims, all practising art forms that both affected and reflected art from Western Europe through to Japan and most in between. The story of Afghanistan therefore is the story of much of Eurasia: nothing in Afghanistan occurs in isolation. 

Lecturer information:

Warwick Ball spent many years in Afghanistan conducting archaeological field-work and research, as well as elsewhere throughout the Near East. Author of many books on the history and archaeology of Afghanistan and adjacent regions, including Monuments of Afghanistan: History, Archaeology and Architecture (2008) and most recently The Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan: Revised Edition (2019) and co-author and editor of The Archaeology of Afghanistan from the Earliest Times to the Timurid Period (2019). In 2020 the University of St Andrews offered an honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of his outstanding career as a near eastern archaeologist. Born in Australia, Warwick now lives in the Scottish Borders.

Warwick's latest book, The Eurasian Steppe: People, Movement, Ideas has just been published by Edinburgh University Press and is available at this lecture at 30% discount. It is also available for pre-order with an exclusive launch discount code NEW30 for 30% off on Edinburgh University Press’s website: 

An interview with Warwick about his latest book can be found here.

Pre-order discount code is valid until the end of November.

Advance booking for this event is essential as spaces will be limited.
Given the current Covid 19 numbers in Scotland we ask that you take a lateral flow test within 24 hours before attending the event.
Proceeds go to Mercy Corps.
Your ticket will be available to download as a pdf after purchase.
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Afghanistan in Eurasia; A talk by Warwick Ball - 4th November at 6pm

Afghanistan in Eurasia; A talk by Warwick Ball - 4th November at 6pm