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Introduction 1. The beginnings 2. The Kok Turks, Chinese expansion and the Arab conquest 3. The Samanids 4. The Uighur kingdom of Qocho 5. The Qarakhanids 6. Seljukids and Ghaznavids 7. The conquering Mongols 8. The Chaghatayids 9. Timur and the Timurids 10. The last Timurids and the first Uzbeks 11. The Shaybanids 12. The rise of Russia, the fall of the Golden Horde, and the resilient Chaghatayids 13. The Buddhist Mongols 14. Bukhara, Khiva, and Khoqand in the seventeenth - nineteenth centuries 15. The Russian conquest and rule of Central Asia 16. From the Governates-General to Union Republics 17. Soviet Central Asia 18. Central Asia becomes independent 19. Sinkiang as part of China 20. Independent Central Asian Republics 21. The Republic of Mongolia.