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.
Table of Contents
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.