Central Asia

One Hundred Thirty Years of Russian Dominance, A Historical Overview

Central Asia

Central Asia Book Series

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Book Pages: 672 Illustrations: 63 b&w photographs Published: January 1995

Asian Studies, History > Asian History, European History

For centuries, Central Asia has been a leading civilization, an Islamic heartland, and a geographical link between West and East. After a long traditional history, it is now in a state of change. With the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, five newborn Central Asian states have emerged in place of the former Soviet Central Asia and Afghanistan. Central Asia provides the most comprehensive survey of the history of the impact of Russian rule upon the political, economic, social, intellectual, and cultural life of this diverse region. Together, these essays convey a sense of the region’s community as well as the divisive policies that have affected it for so long.
Now in its third edition (it was first published in 1967 and revised in 1989), this new edition of Central Asia has been updated to include a new preface, a revised and updated bibliography, and a final chapter that brings the book up to 1994 in considering the crucial problems that stem from a deprivation of sovereign, indigenous leadership over the past 130 years. This volume provides a broad and essential background for understanding what has led up to the late twentieth-century configuration of Central Asia.



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Edward Allworth is Emeritus Professor of Turco-Soviet Studies and Special Lecturer, Columbia University. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Harriman Institute and of the Center for the Study of Central Asia, Columbia University.

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Part I. Confrontation Between Two Civilizations

1. Encounter / Edward A. Allworth

2. People, Languages, and Migrations / Karl H. Menges

3. The Population and the Land / Ian Murray Matley

Part II. From the Russian Capture of Tashkent to Full Socialization, 1865-1966

4. Systematic Conquest, 1865 to 1885 / Helene Carrere d’Encausse

5. Organizing and Colonizing the Conquered Territories / Helene Carrere d’Encausse

6. The Stirring of National Feeling / Helene Carrere d’Encausse

7. Social and Political Reform / Helene Carrere d’Encausse

8. The Fall of the Czarist Empire / Helene Carrere d’Encausse

9. Civil War and New Governments / Helene Carrere d’Encausse

10. The National Republics Lose Their Independence / Helene Carrere d’Encausse

11. Agricultural Development (1865-1963) / Ian Murray Matley

12. Industrialization (1865-1964) / Ian Murray Matley

13. The Changing Intellectual and Literary Community / Edward A. Allworth

14. The Focus of Literature / Edward A. Allworth

15. Musical Tradition and Innovation / Johanna Spector

16. Modernizing Architecture, Art, and Town Plans / Arthur Sprague

Part III. Followers and Leaders, 1967-1993

17. The New Central Asians / Edward A. Allworth

18. The Hunger for Modern Leadership / Edward A. Allworth





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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-1521-6 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-1554-4
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