In their interactions with the settled world, nomads are often portrayed as an amorphous mass of malice, or alternatively as an idyllic people apart from the world. Khazanov's work adds a great deal of nuance to this picture, showing the ways in which nomadic groups differ, have a history and function internally beyond notions of their opposition to the settled world. However, he also shows how their relations with the settled world are integral to the nomadic way of life; how nomads and settled folk genera..
(This is a review of the first edition)This book is essentially a comparative study of pastoral nomadic societies in Eurasia, the Middle East, Near East, and Africa with a focus on how such societies interact with sedentary ones. The first chapters (Nomadism as a distinct form of food-producing economy, The origins of pastoral nomadism, and The social preconditions of the relations between nomads and the outside world) delve into how nomadic societies function, while the final two chapters (Modes of nomadi..