Since its independence in 1991 Tajikistan has suffered a painful series of political crises followed by a civil war, still continuing, whose repercussions extend far beyond its borders. This work examines the causes of the turmoil, and analyses, through the case of Tajikistan, social and political dynamics at work throughout Central Asia. The book is the work of eleven Central Asian experts from different disciplinary backgrounds, and provides new insight into questions as varied as clan and local identity, the political construction of ethnicity and the role of peacekeeping forces.
'one of the first books on post-Soviet Central Asia dedicated to a single country. It demonstrates a serious effort to understand the people and politics of Fajikistand and the way in which external factors play exacerbating or mitigating roles vis-à-vis internal tensions. The book is written by a number of international experts and offers a fortunate combination of different perspectives on the political development of Tajikistan. Contributions from authors with practical experience add a further dimension.' - Anna Matveeva, Bulletin of SOAS