Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Republics: Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Republics: Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR

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Recent Books: Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Republics: Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR BY ADEEB KHALID. Cornell University Press, 2015, 440 pp.

Uzbekistan, Central Asia's most populous state, entered a critical moment in its history last fall, after the death of Islam Karimov, who had been in power since even before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Khalid's lucid, rich history of the country's origins will add considerable depth to readers' understandings of the array of forces that shaped this important part of Central Asia in the 1920s. In particular, Khalid demonstrates how much more complicated the Soviet Union's formation appears when viewed from the perspective of the regions, rather than exclusively through the prism of the aims and actions of those in the Russian center. In Uzbekistan, the process was indeed intricate. …

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