Though largely desert, Turkmenistan is extremely rich in oil and gas and figures prominently in the growing importance of resource politics in the Caspian region. This excellent new book provides a concise overview of the country, discussing its history, politics, culture, foreign policy and economy.
1. Introduction 2. Turkmen Culture and Social Structure in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century 3. The History of Turkmenistan from 1885 to 1991 4. Turkmenbashy and Authoritarian Rule 5. Reaching Out: Turkmenistan and the International Arena 6. From Cotton to Gas: Turkmenistan's Economy and Environment 7. Conclusion