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  • 'European scholars were advancing the study of Turcology, or the study of the ancient history and civilization of the Turkish peoples. This was due in part to the rise of pan-Slavism in Russia and the eastern lands of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and took the form of Turanism, whose chief aim was the rapprochement and ultimate union - cultural, political, or both - among all peoples whose origins were said to go back to Turan, an ancient Iranian name for the country to the north-east of Persia, a kind of Shangri-La on the steppes of Central Asia.'
    (James Cuno, Who Owns Antiquity?, pp. 73-4)

    November 2, 2008