Russia and Central Asia: Coexistence, Conquest, Convergence

By Shoshana Keller

© 2019

Russia and Central Asia provides an overview of the relationship between these two dynamic regions, highlighting the ways in which they have influenced and been influenced by Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. This readable synthesis, covering early coexistence in the seventeenth century to the present day, seeks to encourage new ways of thinking about how the modern world developed.

Shoshana Keller focuses on the five major "Stans": Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Cultural and social history are interwoven with the military narrative to provide a sense of the people, their religion, and their practices – all of which were severely tested under Stalin.

The text includes a glossary as well as images and maps that help to highlight 500 years of changes, bringing Central Asia into the general narrative of Russian and world history and introducing a fresh perspective on colonialism and modernity.

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This introduction to Central Asia and its relationship with Russia helps restore Central Asia to the general narrative of Russian and world history.

Russia and Central Asia: Coexistence, Conquest, Convergence

By Shoshana Keller

© 2019

Russia and Central Asia provides an overview of the relationship between these two dynamic regions, highlighting the ways in which they have influenced and been influenced by Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. This readable synthesis, covering early coexistence in the seventeenth century to the present day, seeks to encourage new ways of thinking about how the modern world developed.

Shoshana Keller focuses on the five major "Stans": Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Cultural and social history are interwoven with the military narrative to provide a sense of the people, their religion, and their practices – all of which were severely tested under Stalin.

The text includes a glossary as well as images and maps that help to highlight 500 years of changes, bringing Central Asia into the general narrative of Russian and world history and introducing a fresh perspective on colonialism and modernity.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Shoshana Keller is a professor in the Department of History at Hamilton College.
  • Table of contents

    A Note on Spelling
    Glossary
     

    Introduction

    1. Early Coexistence

    Rus’ and the Steppe Peoples 
    Turko-Mongol-Iranian Central Asia
    Early Diplomatic and Trade Relations 
    Summary and Notes

    2. The Balance of Power Shifts

    Internal Fragmentation, External Threats 
    Nomadic Cultures: Kazakhs, Turkmen, Kyrgyz 
    Beginnings of Russian Rule
    Summary and Notes

    3. Conquest

    Settled Cultures: Uzbeks and Tajiks 
    Russia Engulfs the Kazakhs 
    Change in the Air
    Military Conquest
    Summary and Notes

    4. Imperial Rule

    Governance
    Economic Development 
    Education
    Social Dynamics
    Summary and Notes

    5. Revolutions 

    The Revolution of 1905 and its Effects
    The Great War and the Great Unraveling
    Marxism, Bolshevism, and Empire 
    Central Asia Shattered
    Summary and Notes 

    6. Founding Soviet Central Asia

    Authority and Credibility
    The Creation of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
    Building the Tools of Modernization
    Summary and Notes

    7. Breaking and Building: The Stalin Era 

    The Great Break 
    Collectivization and the Kazakh Tragedy
    Contradictions of Stalinist Modernization
    World War II and After
    Summary and Notes

    8. Stability and Growth

    Changing Relations between Moscow and the Republics 
    Cotton Monoculture, Cotton Monomania
     The Hungry Steppe
     Life on the Cotton Collectives
    Mature Socialism 
    Summary and Notes  

    9. From Reform to Independence 

    Water, Cotton, and Nationalism
    Restructuring / Unraveling
    Now What?

    Bibliography

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