This book offers possibly the most focused modern history of the five central Asian republics the stans available, with each country getting a dedicated chapter of between thirty and seventy pages in length These five country specific chapters are the book at its best, giving detailed insight into each country with a depth I have not seen in other titles. These chapters on the Central Asian countries offer a brief overview of the associated Soviet Socialist Republic e. g the Uzbekistan SSR followed by a description of the transition to independence in 1991 and the subsequent evolution of the primarily autocratic regimes that have filled the post Soviet ideological void They are, accordingly, pleasingly narrow in scope confining themselves to just the last twenty years or so The chapters both contain lots of fascinating information t Inside Central Asia by Dilip Hiro Published in 2009 by Overlook DuckworthThis book is a great overview of Central Asia from the rise of the Soviet Union to 2009 This book discusses Turkey, the Central Asian states, and Iran It picks up where Rashid s book left off While Rashid focused mostly on Central Asia immediately after the Soviet Union disintegrated, Dilip focuses on how the countries tried to rebuild themselves after the fall of the wall Hiro organizes his book based on country influence He starts the book with Turkey, discussing how it went from a secular republic to an increasingly Islamic republic, traveling through the Central Asian states, and ending with Iran, creating a bookend of influences in Central Asia This is an interesting way to weave a story together, creating an insightful examination of how th Former Soviet Republics Of Central Asia Comprise A Sprawling, Politically Pivotal, Densely Populated, And Richly Cultured Area Of The World That Is Nonetheless Poorly Represented In Libraries And Mainstream Media Since Their Political Incorporation In Stalin S Soviet Era, These Countries Have Gone Through A Flash Of Political And Economical Evolution But Despite These Rapid Changes, The Growth Of Oil Wealth And US Jockeying, And The Opening Of The Region To Tourists [Dilip Hiro] ☆ Inside Central Asia. A political and cultural history of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Iran. [robots PDF] read Online ☆ And Businessmen, The Spirit Of Central Asia Has Remained Untouched At Its CoreIn This Comprehensive New Treatment, Renowned Political Writer And Historian Dilip Hiro Offers Us A Narrative That Places The Modern Politics, Peoples, And Cultural Background Of This Region Firmly Into The Context Of Current International Focus Given The Strategic Location Of Central Asia, Its Predominantly Muslim Population, And Its Hydrocarbon And Other Valuable Resources, It Comes As No Surprise That The Five Central Asian Republics Are Emerging In The Twenty First Century As One Of The Most Potentially Influential And Coveted Patches Of The Globe A well informed book on the recent history of Central Asia and two of its neighbors with historical ties If you are at all interested in the Tajik Civil War, this book is one of the best books I have found on the subject in English A must read for anyone interested in the region I was looking for a general book about Central Asia This book did give me a general overview of the region However It is filled with spelling and grammatical errorsThe introduction and conclusion are essentially the same The maps are terrible and a good map would have been invaluableThe book recites a lot of facts and dates, but does not do a good job of comparing, contrasting, or drawing conclusions from said facts While I agree with other reviews that the book can read like a textbook, it is full of great information about this region, which is often lacking I wish it had a bithistorical ancient , cultural, and topographic information, as it mainly focuses on politics It was very interesting and I am glad I read it However, I was somewhat disgusted disheartened by the stories on repeat of how greedy people can be and what they will do to maintain power at the expense of the rest of the country Especially, as my own country is currently having its own political scandals Perhaps that is just politics, but I found it a tad sickening and sad But overall it is a great book and I m muchknowledgeable about the area. Ç Inside Central Asia. A political and cultural history of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Iran. ↠´ Typos asideas well as the slightly superfluous chapters on Turkey and Iranthis was an amazing read Highly recommended I finished the 400 pages in about 2 days.
As the title deservedly implies, the book provides a definitive political and cultural history of the Central Asian republics of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Iran The last two are not central Asian in geography, but shares the same cultural mindset as those who are These states passed through three distinct phases from medieval tribalism to the present time Pre revolutionary Tsars forcefully annexed the states that underwent a radical change under the Communists The countries Muslim population lost their religious moorings in the surge of atheist propaganda But the Islamic spirit lay dormant under the skin which erupted when state oppression melted away with glasnost and perestroika At present, these states maintain an uneasy balance between autocracy and theocracy The link be I cannot believe I finally finished this damn book Now I just have to carry it around for the rest of the summer. Despite being a long time fan of much of Hiro s work, I found this one to be a densely packed and ultimately confusing attempt at writing a history writ large of this ultimately confusing region Partly, it is not Hiro s fault Central Asia is very complex and confusing and I don t think it lends itself well to the kind of interstitial and universal history that Hiro is attempting here Structurally, though, and this is Hiro s mark on the work, it could ve been handled a lot better The entire history of the region up until around WWII or Khrushchev is crammed into an introductory paragraph, so it starts off muddy He then peels away and treats each country in turn, trying to link them across each other, build tangents and so on It ends up being
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