Central Asia: A New History from the Imperial Conquests to the Present, 1st Edition

  • Adeeb Khalid
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  • ISBN-10: 0691220433
  • ISBN-13: 9780691220437
  • DDC: 958
  • 536 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2021 | Published/Released April 2021
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2021

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This book offers a major history of Central Asia and how it has been shaped by modern world events. Central Asia is often seen as a remote and inaccessible land on the peripheries of modern history. Encompassing Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and the Xinjiang province of China, it in fact stands at the crossroads of world events. The author provides the first comprehensive history of Central Asia from the mid-eighteenth century to today, shedding light on the historical forces that have shaped the region under imperial and Communist rule. Predominantly Muslim with both nomadic and settled populations, the peoples of Central Asia came under Russian and Chinese rule after the 1700s. The author shows how foreign conquest knit Central Asians into global exchanges of goods and ideas and forged greater connections to the wider world. He explores how the Qing and Tsarist empires dealt with ethnic heterogeneity, and compares Soviet and Chinese Communist attempts at managing national and cultural difference. He highlights the deep interconnections between the Russian and Chinese parts of Central Asia that endure to this day, and demonstrates how Xinjiang remains an integral part of Central Asia despite its fraught and traumatic relationship with contemporary China. The essential history of one of the most diverse and culturally vibrant regions on the planet, this panoramic book reveals how Central Asia has been profoundly shaped by the forces of modernity, from colonialism and social revolution to nationalism, state-led modernization, and social engineering.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The Multiple Heritages of Central Asia.
2: Empire.
3: The Manchu Conquest of Eastern Turkestan.
4: Khoqand and Qing Silver.
5: A Kazakh Ethnographer in Kashgar.
6: Imperial Conquests.
7: A Colonial Order.
8: New Visions of the World.
9: Imperial Collapse.
10: Revolution.
11: Hope and Disappointment.
12: The Threshold of the East.
13: A Soviet Central Asia.
14: Autonomy, Soviet Style.
15: Revolution from Above.
16: A Republic in Eastern Turkestan.
17: The Crucible of War.
18: Another Republic in Eastern Turkestan.
19: Communism.
20: Development, Soviet Style.
21: Soviet in Form, National in Content?.
22: Xinjiang under Chinese Communism.
23: On the Front Lines of the Cold War.
24: Postcommunism.
25: Unwanted Independence.
26: A New Central Asia.
27: Nationalizing States in a Globalized World.
28: Are We Still Post-Soviet?.
29: A Twenty-First-Century Gulag.
Suggestions for Further Reading.