This book would never have materialized without the cooperation of all of the contributors, each of whom, certainly, also has a list of people to thank for help. As editor, however, I have the privilege of naming a few whose contributions were especially important. My understanding of Central Asian society has benefited enormously from the opportunities I have had to work and conduct research in the region, especially in Uzbekistan. I would therefore like to thank the International Research and Exchanges Board and the University of Tennessee for making several stays in Central Asia possible over the past few years.
Foreword /Teresa Rakowska-Harmstone -- Acknowledgments -- Note on Spelling and Transliteration -- Introduction /William Fierman -- PART ONE: The Setting -- 1 The Soviet "Transformation" of Central Asia /William Fierman -- 2 Implications of Ethnic and Demographic Trends /Nimcy Lubin -- 3 Central Asia's Cotton Economy and Its Costs /Boris Z. Rumer -- PART TWO: Politics -- 4 Power and Politics in Soviet Uzbekistan: From Stalin to Gorbachev /Donald 5. Carlisle -- 5 Prelude to "Independence": How the Uzbek Party Apparatus Broke Moscow's Grip on Elite Recruitment /James Critchlow -- PART THREE: Identity and Religion -- 6 Ethnic Attitudes and Relations in Modem Uzbek Cities /Ronald Wixman -- 7 Islam and Atheism: Dynamic Tension in Soviet Central Asia /Azade-Ayse Rorlich -- 8 Forging a Soviet People: Ethnolinguistics in Central Asia /Isabelle Kreindler -- PART FOUR: Socioeconomic Issues -- 9 Women and Society in Central Asia /Martha Brill Olcott -- 10 Central Asian Youth and Migration /William Fierman -- Conclusion /William Fierman -- Glossary -- About the Editor and Contributors – Index.