All posts by James Pickett

James Pickett is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh.

Two Millennia in Four Months: Scott Levi on Taming the Central Asian History Survey Course

One of my aims here on Bactriana is to fuel a dialogue not only about Central Asian historical scholarship, but teaching as well. I reached out to Scott Levi at the Ohio State University for an initial foray into this topic because his research has endeavored to place Central Asia within the broader dialogue of world history. Infusing intimidating proper nouns like “Qarakitai” and “Maturidi” with thematic historical significance in an introductory survey course is no simple task, but one for which Levi is especially well-suited.
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"Developed Socialism" in the Periphery: Artemy Kalinovsky’s new research on Tajikistan during the Cold War period

Artemy M. Kalinovsky, Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and author of A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan, was kind enough to chat with me regarding his new research about Soviet Tajikistan and experiences working in the archives.  Continue reading "Developed Socialism" in the Periphery: Artemy Kalinovsky’s new research on Tajikistan during the Cold War period

Bactriana: A sort of Eurasian history beat

Welcome to Bactriana.  In the coming months your humble blogger will endeavor to cover developments in Eurasian history:  What new publications are on the horizon?  What is the latest intel on archives and research libraries in the region?  Which historiographical debates are catching fire?  How are classroom instruction and syllabi in the field evolving? Continue reading Bactriana: A sort of Eurasian history beat