Resurgence of Central Asia: Islam or Nationalism?

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Journalist Rashid covers the history, geography, economy, and social system of five ancient, predominantly Muslim nations that with the breakup of the Soviet Union, have suddenly become independent states: Kazackstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan. He compares the revolutions of 1917 and 1991 and delves into how their experiences under communism will shape their future. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

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1 Conquerors, Khans and Communists 1
2 The Two Revolutions - 1917 and 1991 25
3 Socialism along the Silk Road - Economy and Society in Central Asia 49
4 At the Centre of the World - Uzbekistan 78
5 Warriors of the Turquoise Hills - Kazakhstan 107
6 The Cradle of the Earth - Kyrgyzstan 136
7 The Mountains of Islam - Tajikistan 159
8 The Desert Horsemen - Turkmenistan 187
9 The Great Game Revisited - Central Asia's Foreign Policy 207
10 Uncertain Homelands - Security, Islam and Nationalism 232
Appendix: Data and Chronologies 253
Uzbekistan 253
Kazakhstan 256
Kyrgyzstan 260
Tajikistan 263
Turkmenistan 267
Bibliography 270
Index 274
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