Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR

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Cornell University Press, 2019 M07 15 - 444 pages
In Making Uzbekistan, Adeeb Khalid chronicles the tumultuous history of Central Asia in the age of the Russian Revolution. Traumatic upheavals--war, economic collapse, famine--transformed local society and brought new groups to positions of power and authority and Central Asia, just as the new revolutionary state began to create institutions that redefined the nature of power in the region. This was also a time of hope and ambition and which local actors seized upon the opportunity presented by the revolution to reshape their society. As the intertwined passions of nation and revolution reconfigured the imaginations of Central Asia's intellectuals, the region was remade into national republics, of which Uzbekistan was of central importance. Making use of archival sources from Uzbekistan and Russia as well as the Uzbek and Tajik language press and belles lettres of the period, Khalid provides the first coherent account of the political history of the 1920s in Uzbekistan. He explores the complex interaction between Uzbek intellectuals, local Bolsheviks, in Moscow to sketch out the flux of the situation in early Soviet Central Asia. His focus on the Uzbek intelligentsia allows him to recast her understanding of Soviet nationalities policies. Uzbekistan, he argues, was not a creation of Soviet policies, but a project of the Muslim intelligentsia that emerged in Soviet context through the interstices of complex politics of the period. The energy is unleashed by the revolution also made possible the golden age of modern culture, as others experiment with new literary forms and the modern Uzbek language took shape. Making Uzbekistan introduces key text from this period and argues that what the decade witnessed was nothing short of a cultural revolution.

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Adeeb Khalid’s “Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR” is a landmark study of the creation of the state of Uzbekistan and national territorial delimitation in Soviet ... Read full review

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Adeeb Khalid is Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor of Asian Studies and History at Carleton College. He is the author of Islam after Communism and The Politics of Muslim Cultural Reform.

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