Postcards from Stanland: Journeys in Central Asia

Postcards from Stanland: Journeys in Central Asia

by David H. Mould


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Central Asia has long stood at the crossroads of history. It was the staging ground for the armies of the Mongol Empire, for the nineteenth-century struggle between the Russian and British empires, and for the NATO campaign in Afghanistan. Today, multinationals and nations compete for the oil and gas reserves of the Caspian Sea and for control of the pipelines. Yet "Stanland" is still, to many, a terra incognita, a geographical blank.

Beginning in the mid-1990s, academic and journalist David Mould's career took him to the region on Fulbright Fellowships and contracts as a media trainer and consultant for UNESCO and USAID, among others. In Postcards from Stanland, he takes readers along with him on his encounters with the people, landscapes, and customs of the diverse countries-Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan-he came to love. He talks with teachers, students, politicians, environmental activists, bloggers, cab drivers, merchants, Peace Corps volunteers, and more.

Until now, few books for a nonspecialist readership have been written on the region, and while Mould brings his own considerable expertise to bear on his account-for example, he is one of the few scholars to have conducted research on post-Soviet media in the region-the book is above all a tapestry of place and a valuable contribution to our understanding of the post-Soviet world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821421772
Publisher: Univ of Chicago on Behalf of Ohio Univ Press
Publication date: 01/15/2016
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David H. Mould, professor emeritus of media arts and studies at Ohio University, has traveled widely in Asia and southern Africa as a trainer, consultant, and researcher. He has written articles and essays for many print and online publications. Born in the United Kingdom, he worked as a newspaper and TV journalist before moving to the United States in 1978.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

1 Travels in "Kyrzakhstan" 1

2 Sacred Mountain and Silly Borders 14

3 How Do You Say "Rump Roast"? 41

4 Kasha, Honor, Dignity, and Revolution 63

5 On and Off the Silk Road 94

6 To Be a Kazakh Is to Be "Brave and Free" 131

7 Father of Apples 160

8 The President's Dream City 181

9 Coal and Steel 211

10 No Polygon, No Problem 233

11 Wheat and Oil 258

12 The Seven Lessons from Stanland 278

Notes 289

Glossary and Acronyms 295

Acknowledgments 299

Index 303

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