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.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
A Note on Spelling
1. Early Coexistence
2. The Balance of Power Shifts
4. Imperial Rule
6. Founding Soviet Central Asia
7. Breaking and Building: The Stalin Era
8. Stability and Growth
9. From Reform to Independence
What People are Saying About This
"Russia and Central Asia breaks ground for its relative fullness in treating the modern history of Russian-Central Asian interaction in all of its violent, productive, and cross-culturally intermingling ways. Such a book has been badly needed for decades by both scholars and students wanting to teach and learn about the Russian-Central Asian nexus that continues to constitute many aspects of the respective countries' cross-border relations in terms of politics, economics, and social relations. This well-written and accessible book will be the standard bearer for many years to come."
"Shoshana Keller offers students an accessible and engaging account of the historical relationship between Russia and the peoples of Central Asia. The text is enlivened by the author's deep knowledge of Central Asian history and command of local languages."