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Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Central Asia

ISBN 9780367178406
Published September 15, 2021 by Routledge
496 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Central Asia offers the first comprehensive, cross-disciplinary overview of key issues in Central Asian studies. The 30 chapters by leading and emerging scholars summarise major findings in the field and highlight long-term trends, recent observations and future developments in the region. The handbook features case studies of all five Central Asian republics and is organised thematically in seven sections:

• History

• Politics

• Geography

• International Relations

• Political Economy

• Society and Culture

• Religion

An essential cross-disciplinary reference work, the handbook offers an accessible and easyto- understand guide to the core issues permeating the region to enable readers to grasp the fundamental challenges, transformations and themes in contemporary Central Asia. It will be of interest to researchers, academics and students of the region and those working in the field of Area Studies, History, Anthropology, Politics and International Relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Introducing Central Asian Studies

Rico Isaacs and Erica Marat


1. Central Asia before the advent of Russian Dominion

Michael Hancock

2. Russian rule in Central Asia

Ian Campbell

3. Collectivisation, Sedentarism and Famine in Central Asia

Niccolo Pianciola and Marianne Kamp

4. Development in Post-war Central Asia

Artemy M. Kalinovsky


5. Varieties of Authoritarianism in Central Asia

David Lewis

6. Informal Governance, ‘Clan’ politics and Corruption

Aksana Ismailbekova

7. Nation-Building in Central Asia: Policy and Discourse

Aziz Burkhanov and Dina Sharipova

8. Unsettled Space: Unfinished Histories of Border Delimitation in the Ferghana Valley

Madeleine Reeves


9. Boundaries, Borders and Identities

Alexander Diener and Vincent Atman

10. The history of water politics in Central Asia

Christine Bichsel

11. Rethinking Spectacular Cities: Beyond Authoritarianism and Mastermind Schemes

Mateusz Laszczkowski and Natalie Koch

12. Politics of Green Development: Trees vs. Roads

Emil Nasritdinov


13. Russia and Central Asia: Evolving Mutual Perceptions and the Rise of Postcolonial Perspectives

Marlene Laruelle

14. China-Central Asia Relations: Re-learning to Live Next to the Giant

Nargis Kassenova

15. U.S. Policy and Central Asia

Charles Ziegler

16 Domestic Sources of Foreign Policy in Central Asia 

Shairbek Juraev

17. Military Power and Capacity

Erica Marat

18. Globalisation and Migration in Central Asia

Caress Schenk


19. Economic Reform and Development in Central Asia

Richard Pomfret

20. Oil, Capital, and Labour Around the Caspian

Maurizo Totaro and Paolo Sorbello

21. Corruption

Johan Engvall

22. Modernisation and development in Central Asia

Liga Rudzite and Karolina Kluczewska


23. The Nationalization of Traditions

Svetlana Jacquesson

24. Thinking with Gender About Central Asia

Svetlana Peshkova

25. Contemporary Art in Central Asia

Alexandra Tsay

26. Language Policy and Language in Central Asia

William Fierman


27. Islam Renewal in Central Asia

Bayram Balci

28. Securitisation of Religion in Central Asia

Edward Lemon

29. Liberalism and Islam in Central Asia

Galym Zhussipbek

30. Tengrism

Rico Isaacs

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Rico Isaacs is Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Lincoln, UK, and the editor of Central Asian Survey. His recent books include, among others, Party System Formation in Kazakhstan (2011), Nation-Building and Identity in the Post-Soviet Space (with A. Polese, 2016) and Politics: An Introduction, 3rd edition (with B. Axford, V. Browne and R. Huggins, 2018), also published by Routledge.

Erica Marat is Associate Professor at the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defence University, Washington, D.C. Her research focuses on violence, mobilisation and security institutions in Eurasia, India and Mexico. She is also the author of The Politics of Police Reform: Society against the State in Post-Soviet Countries (2018).