Inside Central Asia: A political and cultural history of

Inside Central Asia: A political and cultural history of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Iran The 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 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 ➹ [Read] ➵ Analysis of Pesticides in Food and Environmental Samples, Second Edition By Jose L Tadeo ➼ – 9facts.co.uk politically pivotal [PDF] ❤ Practical Research Methods in Education By Mike Lambert – 9facts.co.uk densely populated [Download] ✤ On the Edge of the Empires (2nd - 4th C. Ce) Author Rocco Palermo – 9facts.co.uk 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 ❮BOOKS❯ ✮ Prophecy, Behaviour and Change Author Gerald G Smale – 9facts.co.uk these countries have gone through a flash of political and economical evolution But despite these rapid changes [PDF / Epub] ★ Applied Econometrics By Chung-Ki Min – 9facts.co.uk the growth of oil wealth and US jockeying ➹ [Download] ➵ Sea Serpents, Sailors, and Sceptics By Graham J. McEwan ➼ – 9facts.co.uk and the opening of the region to tourists and businessmen ❮Reading❯ ➸ Neoliberal Structural Change and the Electricity Sector Author Lynne Chester – 9facts.co.uk the spirit of Central Asia has remained untouched at its coreIn this comprehensive new treatment [Reading] ➿ Values and Institutions in Health Research Regulation By Shawn H E Harmon – 9facts.co.uk renowned political writer and historian Dilip Hiro offers us a narrative that places the modern politics ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☄ Fathering in Cultural Contexts Author Jaipaul L. Roopnarine – 9facts.co.uk peoples ❮Read❯ ➬ Psychology and Culture Author Lisa Vaughn – 9facts.co.uk and cultural background of this region firmly into the context of current international focus Given the strategic location of Central Asia ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Fathering in Cultural Contexts Author Jaipaul L. Roopnarine – 9facts.co.uk its predominantly Muslim population ☃ [PDF / Epub] ☂ Wealth, Inclusive Growth and Sustainability By Shunsuke Managi ✑ – 9facts.co.uk and its hydrocarbon and other valuable resources [PDF] ✅ Routledge Handbook of Food in Asia By Cecilia Leong-Salobir – 9facts.co.uk 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


10 thoughts on “Inside Central Asia: A political and cultural history of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Iran

  1. J.M. Hushour J.M. Hushour says:

    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 h 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 overly detailed, thick kneed, and confusing, especially when dealing with bits like Tajikistan s civil conflicts and the role of Islam and minority populations in each country I think the region would be better handled in individual histories to give the reader time to sink their teeth into the meat of the thing, the details, before moving on to the next one Hiro s attempts at contextualizing are clumsy and not very helpful, ultimately He also has a strange propensity to randomly shift into non sequitur discussions of cultural s such as diet and social niceties in the middle of political discussions, his attempt to justify the cultural in the title.Unfortunately, there still isn t much out there on Central Asia, so readers ll be hard pressed to find anything better than this


  2. Caleb Caleb says:

    This book reads like a history book for the class I never took in college That is a compliment at times It s very thorough and it achieved one of my goals in reading it understanding at a deeper level the five central Asian countries the ones that end in stan that were formerly part of the Soviet Union To boot, Hiro adds chapters on Turkey and Iran as the two outside non Russian cultural and political influences on the region, which both help broaden the context of the five republics This book reads like a history book for the class I never took in college That is a compliment at times It s very thorough and it achieved one of my goals in reading it understanding at a deeper level the five central Asian countries the ones that end in stan that were formerly part of the Soviet Union To boot, Hiro adds chapters on Turkey and Iran as the two outside non Russian cultural and political influences on the region, which both help broaden the context of the five republics and also are useful primers on those countries as well That said, this book is very dry, going through the thousand year history of each place Hiro also includes the Russianized version of all the names, plus the date of a sovereign s reign, or a person s birth date It s a little overwhelming Add to that the fact that there are a staggering number of typos and other errors including a page of text virtually repeating a previous page and this seems rather baffling considering this book is apparently an update of a previous book from the mid 1990s.So, if you have a burning need to learnabout Kazakhstan than what Borat offered, consider a read If not, you ll be no worse for the wear if you won t be able to explain the difference between Tajikistan and Turkmenistan


  3. Audrey E Audrey E says:

    I cannot believe I finally finished this damn book Now I just have to carry it around for the rest of the summer.


  4. Sam Sam says:

    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


  5. Sam Sam says:

    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 influ 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 the ancient Turkic and Persian influences continue to affect Central Asian culture and politics It also paints an interesting picture of how interconnected the region still is, despite the Soviet s attempts to shatter the tribal relationships.That was the most interesting aspect of the book was how much survived the terror that was the Soviet Union The Soviet Union tried to destroy tribal relations by creating states taking territories from other tribes to encourage rivalries by replacing it with the communistic version of tribalism Yet, this didn t destroy the tribal system, it just forced it underground Additionally, the Soviet Union claimed that they destroyed Islam in Central Asia, but again, they only forced it to the underground, laying the foundation for the Islamic Extremism that would be seen in the 21st century Reading this book and Rashid s book, makes me realize how much the U.S failed after the fall of the Soviet Union A lot of the extremism that the U.S deals with today comes from Central Asia While the U.S made a lot of mistakes, they seemed to have exasperated the problem left behind by the Soviet Union The Cold War created an environment were the choice was between capitalistic democracy and communistic society Many of the people in Central Asia turned to Islam as a third decision Thus, the two countries made Islam a political tool that the U.S will turn into a cause for war in the 21st century Pros A very insightful look into a region that is mostly ignored in the U.S but is a vital region for the 21st century The shape of the narrative also provides a keen understanding of how the region has been influenced over the years and how remnants of its past survived the Soviet Union It also poses the question can authoritarian regimes truly destroy culture and religion, or can it only force it to the underground Cons It assumes that the reader has some familiarity with the region s history Also, while it is a useful overview of the region, it isn t an in depth insight into the region It barely discusses the human rights offenses that are being committed on a daily basis, it discusses women s rights but only briefly, and it doesn t discuss any culture or literary developments


  6. Fred Dameron Fred Dameron says:

    A well researched, well written work on the Stans This vital part of the world will seeU.S involvement for the next 100 years Oil, gas, air able land, and the shadow of radical Islam from the Taliban will make that so A must read to really understand what happened prior to 9 11 And how what happened from 1946 until 9 11 has to be dealt with by us in a muchvelvet glove approach than we have used for the past 30 years Also will explain a LOT about why the U.S efforts over the p A well researched, well written work on the Stans This vital part of the world will seeU.S involvement for the next 100 years Oil, gas, air able land, and the shadow of radical Islam from the Taliban will make that so A must read to really understand what happened prior to 9 11 And how what happened from 1946 until 9 11 has to be dealt with by us in a muchvelvet glove approach than we have used for the past 30 years Also will explain a LOT about why the U.S efforts over the past 30 years have fallen flat


  7. Mallory Giger Mallory Giger says:

    Well written overview of some of the less well documented Central Asian countries Good amount of brevity balanced with main events Easy to consume and would be good for the classroom However, some of the language is confusing and the construction of the book in a traditional essay format makes it seem a bit forced.


  8. Daniel Daniel says:

    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 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


  9. Autumn Autumn says:

    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


  10. Austin Wright Austin Wright says:

    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.


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