Central Asia After the Empire

Central Asia After the Empire

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The Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union gained autonomy in 1991. Hidden from the West for so long, little is known about Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. In the post-Cold War era, the shifts of power taking place within these oil-rich republics are keenly observed by the West and by the neighbouring economies of China, Turkey and Iran. The region's development as an economic force is of of still greater importance for Russia.This volume provides an introductory overview of the peoples, economy, politics and religion of the Central Asian republics; the role of the region in the global arena and the potential impact on the military, political, demographic and economic balance of forces in Asia. The authors provide an analysis of the current situation and prospects for the newly emerged republics in the light of the region's immense mineral wealth and oil reserve and the long history of Islamic faith in the republics.show more

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  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 19.05mm | 272.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745310893
  • 9780745310893

About Yuriy Kulchik

Yuriy Kulchik is at the Ministry of Nationalities and Regional Politics in the Russian Federation. Andrey Fadin is a journalist and has written widely on the modern history of Russia. Victor Sergeev is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Policies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.show more

Table of contents

Foreword by Fred Halliday Maps Introduction 1. Ethnicity, Religion, and the Nation State in Central Asia Ethnic and Cultural Continuity From Poliethnicity to Nation-State Russians in Asia Islam in Central Asia: The Sleeper Awakens Custodians of Tradition: The Mahalla and the Mosque 2. The Soviet Era `White Gold': The Cotton Dictatorship Land and People: The Time-bomb (Uzbekistan Case) Urban Crisis and Ruralisation Industrial Crisis 3. After the Empire: Between the Etatcracy and the Ethnocracy - the Cities and Industries in Post-Imperial Uzbekistan The Empire's Orphans Ethno-privatisation Foreign Capital: Tool of Modernisation or Conservation? 4. In Search of Political Stability: From State Socialism to National Authoritarianism Post-Communism: Asian Dilemmas Case A: Uzbekistan National Democrats: Triumph Turned Defeat From Partocracy towards Conservative Authoritanism: The Karimov Path Fundamentalism Case B: Kazakhstan Towards an Ethnocratic State? 5. Regional Perspectives, Integration, and Foreign Policy Options Bibliography 'Country Profiles' - Facts and Figures Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kirgizia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan Indexshow more