Russia and Central Asia: Coexistence, Conquest, Convergence

Russia and Central Asia: Coexistence, Conquest, Convergence

by Shoshana Keller

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Russia and Central Asia provides an overview of the relationship between two dynamic regions, highlighting the ways in which Russia and Central Asia 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487594343
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 11/20/2019
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 895,525
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

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1. Early Coexistence

2. The Balance of Power Shifts

3. Conquest

4. Imperial Rule

5. Revolutions

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

Russell Zanca

"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."

Sarah Cameron

"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."

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