Ferghana Valley: The Heart of Central Asia

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Routledge, Dec 18, 2014 - Business & Economics - 512 pages
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The Ferghana Valley can reasonably be said to lie in the heart of Central Asia. As such, the Valley has made an inordinate contribution to the history and culture of the region as a whole, as well as significantly affecting the economic, political and religious spheres. This book looks at the region over time, from its early history to the present. It embraces not just the obvious fields of politics, economics and religion, but also ethnography, sociology and culture, and includes the insights of leading scholars from all three Ferghana countries. The book discusses various questions of identity relating to the region, showing how the identity of the Ferghana Valley relates to the emerging national identities of the three post-colonial states that are still gradually emerging from the demise of the Soviet Union, as well as how an understanding of the Ferghana Valley is key to understanding Central Asia itself.

 

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Contents

The PreColonial Legacy
3
2 The Rise and Fall of the Kokand Khanate
29
3 Colonial Rule and Indigenous Responses 18601917
69
4 Soviet Rule and the Delineation of Borders in the Ferghana Valley 19171930
94
5 The Ferghana Valley Under Stalin 19291953
119
6 The Ferghana Valley in the Eras of Khrushchev and Brezhnev
140
7 Cultural Life in the Ferghana Valley Under Khrushchev and Brezhnev
164
8 The Ferghana Valley During Perestroika 19851991
178
10 Economic Development in the Ferghana Valley Since 1991
232
11 Land Water and Ecology
253
The Issue of Identity
278
Between National Identity and Islamic Alternative
296
14 The Ferghana Valley and the International Community
373
Conclusion
393
About the Editors Authors and Contributing Authors
405
Index
411

9 A New Phase in the History of the Ferghana Valley 19922008
205

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