Central Asian Studies

  • Soviet Orientalism and the Creation of Central Asian Nations

    By Alfrid K. Bustanov

    Orientalism – the idea that the standpoint of Western writers on the East greatly affected what they wrote about the East, the "Other" – applied also in Russia and the Soviet Union, where the study of the many exotic peoples incorporated into the Russian Empire, often in quite late imperial times,…

    Hardback – 2014-12-03
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  • From Conflict to Autonomy in the Caucasus

    The Soviet Union and the Making of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh

    By Arsène Saparov

    This book is the first historical work to study the creation of ethnic autonomies in the Caucasus in the 1920s – the transitional period from Russian Empire to Soviet Union. Seventy years later these ethnic autonomies were to become the loci of violent ethno-political conflicts which have…

    Hardback – 2014-07-30
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  • The Politics of Transition in Central Asia and the Caucasus

    Enduring Legacies and Emerging Challenges

    Edited by Amanda E Wooden, Christoph H. Stefes

    Most books on the Caucasus and Central Asia are country-by-country studies. This book, on the other hand, fills a gap in Central Eurasian studies as one of the few comparative case study books on Central Eurasia, covering both the Caucasus and Central Asia; it considers key themes right across the…

    Paperback – 2014-05-19
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  • Pre-tsarist and Tsarist Central Asia

    Communal Commitment and Political Order in Change

    By Paul Georg Geiss

    This study, written from the perspective of political sociology, represents the first comparative examination of Central Asian communal and political organisation before and after the tsarist conquest of the region. It covers Turkman, Kyrgyz, Kazakh and other tribal societies, analyses the…

    Paperback – 2014-04-28
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  • Counterterrorism Policies in Central Asia

    By Mariya Y. Omelicheva

    During the last two decades, Central Asian states have witnessed an intense revival of Islamic faith. Along with its moderate and traditional forms, radical and militant Islam has infiltrated communities of Muslims in Central Asia. Alarmed by the border incursions, sporadic terrorist violence and…

    Paperback – 2014-03-28
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  • Ethnicity, Authority, and Power in Central Asia

    New Games Great and Small

    Edited by Robert L. Canfield, Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek

    The peoples of Greater Central Asia – not only Inner Asian states of Soviet Union but also those who share similar heritages in adjacent countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iran, and the Chinese province of Xinjiang – have been drawn into more direct and immediate contact since the Soviet…

    Paperback – 2014-03-10
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  • Growing Up in the North Caucasus

    Society, Family, Religion and Education

    By Irina Molodikova, Alan Watt

    Investigating changes in upbringing in the North Caucasus, a region notorious for violent conflict, this book explores the lives of the generation born after the dissolution of the USSR who grew up under conditions of turmoil and rapid social change. It avoids the ‘traditional’ presentation of the…

    Hardback – 2013-12-16
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  • Institutional Reform in Central Asia

    Politico-Economic Challenges

    Edited by Joachim Ahrens, Herman W. Hoen

    The countries of Central Asia are increasingly the focus of intense international attention due to their geopolitical and economic importance as well as their unsettled transition processes. The region faced enormous challenges when the Soviet Union disintegrated, and this book focuses on the…

    Hardback – 2012-09-06
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  • Socialist Revolutions in Asia

    The Social History of Mongolia in the 20th Century

    By Irina Y. Morozova

    Contemporary Mongolia is often seen as one of the most open and democratic societies in Asia, undergoing remarkable post-socialist transformation. Although the former ruling party, the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (the MPRP), has fundamentally changed its platform, it holds leadership and…

    Paperback – 2012-05-10
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  • Securing the Indian Frontier in Central Asia

    Confrontation and Negotiation, 1865-1895

    By Martin Ewans

    The three decades between 1865 and 1895 marked a particularly contentious period in the relationship between Britain and Russia in Central Asia, which more than once brought them to the verge of war. Moderates tried to settle the problem by the negotiation of ‘neutral zones’, or firm boundaries,…

    Paperback – 2012-04-16
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  • The Military and the State in Central Asia

    From Red Army to Independence

    By Erica Marat

    The military played a pivotal role in the political development, state functions, foreign policy and the daily lives of the people in the Central Asian states from the early twentieth century until the present. This book is the first major, in-depth study of the military institutions in Central…

    Paperback – 2012-03-29
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  • Muslim-Christian Relations in Central Asia

    By Christian van Gorder

    This book explores issues of cultural tension that affect Muslim and Christian interaction within the Central Asian context. It looks at the ways that Christians have interacted with Central Asian Muslims in the past, and discusses what might need to be done to improve Muslim-Christian relations in…

    Paperback – 2012-02-21
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  • The Northwest Caucasus

    Past, present, future

    By Walter Richmond

    This is the first book to present a comprehensive history of the Northwest Caucasus. Based on extensive research, it describes the peoples of the Northwest Caucasus, which have a significantly different ethnic makeup and history than the Northeast (Chechnya and Daghestan). The book examines their…

    Paperback – 2011-08-04
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  • Caspian Energy Politics

    Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan

    Edited by Indra Overland, Heidi Kjaernet, Andrea Kendall-Taylor

    Caspian Energy Politics analyses the role of oil and gas in the development of the three main petroleum exporters in the Caspian region - Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan - and how energy resources influence interactions with semi-authoritarian Russia and China. Due to volatile commodity…

    Paperback – 2011-08-04
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  • Politics and Oil in Kazakhstan

    By Wojciech Ostrowski

    In Kazakhstan, the oil industry plays a crucial role in its economic and political life due to the country’s considerable oil revenues and accompanying conflicting interests. As an arena of political struggle, this industry provides a good test case for uncovering regime maintenance techniques.…

    Paperback – 2011-08-04
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  • Political Islam in Central Asia

    The challenge of Hizb ut-Tahrir

    By Emmanuel Karagiannis

    The terrorist attacks in the United States on 9/11 and the U.S.-led military campaign against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan have intensified scrutiny of radical Islamic groups across Central Asia. This books offers one of the first comprehensive studies of the activities of one of the most…

    Paperback – 2011-04-11
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  • Party System Formation in Kazakhstan

    Between Formal and Informal Politics

    By Rico Isaacs

    Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Central Asian states have developed liberal-constitutional formal institutions. However, at the same time, political phenomena in Central Asia are shaped by informal political behaviour and relations. This relationship is now a critical issue affecting…

    Hardback – 2011-03-21
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  • Conflict Transformation in Central Asia

    Irrigation disputes in the Ferghana Valley

    By Christine Bichsel

    This book provides the first systematic analysis of peace-building in Central Asia for inter-ethnic conflicts over water and land in the Ferghana Valley based on concrete, in-depth and on-site investigation. The core analysis centres on peace-building projects in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and…

    Paperback – 2011-03-04
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  • Post-Conflict Tajikistan

    The politics of peacebuilding and the emergence of legitimate order

    By John Heathershaw

    Post-Soviet, post-conflict Tajikistan is an under-studied and poorly understood case in conflict studies literature. Since 2000, this Central Asian state has seen major political violence end, countrywide order emerge and the peace agreement between the parties of the 1990s civil war hold.…

    Paperback – 2011-03-04
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  • The Church of the East

    A Concise History

    By Wilhelm Baum, Dietmar W. Winkler

    The Church of the East is currently the only complete history in English of the East Syriac Church of the East. It covers the periods of the Sassanians, Arabs, Mongols, Ottomans, the 20th century, and informs about the Syriac, Iranian and Chinese literature of this unique and almost forgotten part…

    Paperback – 2010-09-17
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  • Ethno-Nationalism, Islam and the State in the Caucasus

    Post-Soviet Disorder

    Edited by Moshe Gammer

    With the region of the Caucasus with its ongoing, and even deteriorating, crisis and instability and its strategic and economic importance increasingly at the front of the world's attention, this volume presents and discusses some of the complexities and problems arising in the region such as…

    Paperback – 2010-08-15
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  • Turkestan and the Fate of the Russian Empire

    By Daniel Brower

    The central argument of this book is that the half-century of Russian rule in Central Asia was shaped by traditions of authoritarian rule, by Russian national interests, and by a civic reform agenda that brought to Turkestan the principles that informed Alexander II's reform policies. This…

    Paperback – 2009-08-01
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  • Islamic Education in the Soviet Union and Its Successor States

    Edited by Michael Kemper, Raoul Motika, Stefan Reichmuth

    This book provides a comparative history of Islamic education in the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet countries. Case studies on Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan and on two regions of the Russian Federation, Tatarstan and Daghestan, highlight the importance which Muslim…

    Hardback – 2009-07-30
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  • Russia's Protectorates in Central Asia

    Bukhara and Khiva, 1865-1924, 2nd Edition

    By Seymour Becker

    This book examines the Russian conquest of the ancient Central Asian khanates of Bukhara and Khiva in the 1860s and 1870s, and the relationship between Russia and the territories until their extinction as political entities in 1924. It shows how Russia's approach developed from one of…

    Paperback – 2009-05-12
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  • Russian Culture in Uzbekistan

    One Language in the Middle of Nowhere

    By David MacFadyen

    Recent political changes in Central Asia, where the United States is replacing Russia as the dominant power, are having a profound effect on Russian speakers in the region. These people, formerly perceived as progressive and engaging with Europe, are now confronted by the erasure of their literary,…

    Paperback – 2009-04-29
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  • Everyday Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia

    By Maria Elisabeth Louw

    Providing a wealth of empirical research on the everyday practise of Islam in post-Soviet Central Asia, this book gives a detailed account of how Islam is understood and practised among ordinary Muslims in the region, focusing in particular on Uzbekistan. It shows how individuals negotiate…

    Paperback – 2008-11-28
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  • Kazakhstan - Ethnicity, Language and Power

    By Bhavna Dave

    Kazakhstan is emerging as the most dynamic economic and political actor in Central Asia. It is the second largest country of the former Soviet Union, after the Russian Federation, and has rich natural resources, particularly oil, which is being exploited through massive US investment. Kazakhstan…

    Paperback – 2008-08-01
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  • Humanitarian Aid in Post-Soviet Countries

    An Anthropological Perspective

    By Laëtitia Atlani-Duault

    An anthropologist among aid workers. Her objective: to study that exotic tribe, humanitarian and development workers, along with their state and non-state partners, as they "export democracy" to post-soviet countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus. Her method: to join the tribe for ten years.…

    Hardback – 2007-12-17
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  • Mongolia Today

    Science, Culture, Environment and Development

    Edited by Dendevin Badarch, Raymond A. Zilinskas

    This is a wide-ranging collection of essays written by experts in the field. The variety of topics provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary Mongolia. Topics include the impact of industrialization in Mongolia, environmental policies of the nation, the status of modern…

    Hardback – 2002-10-24
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