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Uzbekistan’s International Relations

Uzbekistan’s International Relations

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Oybek Madiyev
July 14, 2020

This book examines the development of Uzbekistan’s international relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union....

Parliamentary Representation in Central Asia: MPs Between Representing Their Voters and Serving an Authoritarian Regime

Parliamentary Representation in Central Asia: MPs Between Representing Their Voters and Serving an Authoritarian Regime

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Esther Somfalvy
July 06, 2020

This book explores the nature of parliamentary representation within the autocratic regimes of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. It argues that although many parliaments are elected under flawed or non-competitive elections, autocratic governments are nevertheless aware of the need to appear...

Russian Practices of Governance in Eurasia: Frontier Power Dynamics, Sixteenth Century to Nineteenth Century

Russian Practices of Governance in Eurasia: Frontier Power Dynamics, Sixteenth Century to Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

Gulnar T. Kendirbai
February 26, 2020

This book analyses the role of the mobility factor in the spread of Russian rule in Eurasia in the formative period of the rise of the Russian Empire and offers an examination of the interaction of Russian authorities with their nomadic partners. Demonstrating that the mobility factor strongly...

Practices of Traditionalization in Central Asia

Practices of Traditionalization in Central Asia

1st Edition

Judith Beyer, Peter Finke
February 12, 2020

Practices of Traditionalization in Central Asia focuses on how tradition is ‘everyday-ified’ in contemporary Central Asia, including Tatarstan and Tibet, and what people seek to achieve in its name. The case studies range from political demonstrations and industrial workers’ gatherings to...

Legal Pluralism in Central Asia: Local Jurisdiction and Customary Practices

Legal Pluralism in Central Asia: Local Jurisdiction and Customary Practices

1st Edition

Mahabat Sadyrbek
January 07, 2020

Legal Pluralism in Central Asia reports on historical, anthropological and legal research which examines customary legal practices in Kyrgyzstan and relates them to wider societal developments in Central Asia and further afield. Using the term legal pluralism, the book demonstrates that there is a...

Critical Approaches to Security in Central Asia

Critical Approaches to Security in Central Asia

1st Edition

Edward Lemon
December 04, 2018

Central Asia remains on the periphery, both spatially and in people’s imaginations. When the region does attract international attention, it is often related to security issues, including terrorism, ethnic conflict and drug trafficking. This book brings together leading specialists from a range of...

Identity, History and Trans-Nationality in Central Asia: The Mountain Communities of Pamir

Identity, History and Trans-Nationality in Central Asia: The Mountain Communities of Pamir

1st Edition

Dagikhudo Dagiev, Carole Faucher
October 23, 2018

Pamiris, or Badakhshanis in popular discourse, form a small group of Iranic peoples who inhabit the mountainous region of Pamir-Hindu Kush, being the historical region of Badakhshan. Pamiri communities are located in the territories of four current nation-states: Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China and...

Kyrgyzstan - Regime Security and Foreign Policy

Kyrgyzstan - Regime Security and Foreign Policy

1st Edition

Kemel Toktomushev
April 20, 2018

Kyrgyzstan is an interesting example of a relatively weak state, which for its brief period of independence has already ousted two presidents, experienced two revolutions, survived two interethnic conflicts and yet remained intact. This book explores this apparent paradox and argues that the schism...

Soviet Nation-Building in Central Asia: The Making of the Kazakh and Uzbek Nations

Soviet Nation-Building in Central Asia: The Making of the Kazakh and Uzbek Nations

1st Edition

Grigol Ubiria
March 21, 2018

The demise of the Soviet Union in 1991 resulted in new state-led nation-building projects in Central Asia. The emergence of independent republics spawned a renewed Western scholarly interest in the region’s nationality issues. Presenting a detailed study, this book examines the state-led...

From Conflict to Autonomy in the Caucasus: The Soviet Union and the Making of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh

From Conflict to Autonomy in the Caucasus: The Soviet Union and the Making of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh

1st Edition

Arsène Saparov
January 12, 2018

This book is the first historical work to study the creation of ethnic autonomies in the Caucasus in the 1920s – the transitional period from Russian Empire to Soviet Union. Seventy years later these ethnic autonomies were to become the loci of violent ethno-political conflicts which have...

The Afghan-Central Asia Borderland: The State and Local Leaders

The Afghan-Central Asia Borderland: The State and Local Leaders

1st Edition

Suzanne Levi-Sanchez
December 21, 2017

Based on extensive, long-term fieldwork in the borderlands of Afghan and Tajik Badakhshan, this book explores the importance of local leaders and local identity groups for the stability of a state’s borders, and ultimately for the stability of the state itself. It shows how the implantation of...

Growing Up in the North Caucasus: Society, Family, Religion and Education

Growing Up in the North Caucasus: Society, Family, Religion and Education

1st Edition

Irina Molodikova, Alan Watt
October 23, 2017

Investigating changes in upbringing in the North Caucasus, a region notorious for violent conflict, this book explores the lives of the generation born after the dissolution of the USSR who grew up under conditions of turmoil and rapid social change. It avoids the ‘traditional’ presentation of the...

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