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States and tribes of Centralasia in 500 AD?

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Roberts View Drop Down

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    Posted: 03-Jan-2006 at 11:14
Hello, can someone provide me with the information of the political situation of Centralasia in the year of 500 AD.
What states were there and which regions they rulled?
What tribes lived in Centralasia and in which regions?
Where was the etnic border between Iranian and Turkic speaking people?

Especially I want to know the locations of Khazars, Avars, Magyars and Western Gokturks in the year 500 AD?

If someone has a good map of Centralasia around that year in which all these states and tribes are included, then please post it!!!

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Here's a map for c. 500 CE.

It shows many empires of different time periods on one map. It looks like everything on the western steppes are together as one empire ("Hun Kaghanate"), which doesn't seem right.

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I hate these daft maps that include states from different time periods!

We don't really know the boundaries, as there are no contemporary maps and very little written history to work from.  There wereno clear ethnic or linguistic borders as such, different tribes and clans were intermixed and nomadic routes often crossed.  Each 'state' or 'empire' would take on the identity of it's leading group but include other ethnic and linguistic groups.

There were also many small states (and several quite substantial) based on cities, oasis etc that were quite independant yet located in the middle of a nomad state.

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