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

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Cornell University Press, 2015 M12 21 - 444 pages

In Making Uzbekistan, Adeeb Khalid chronicles the tumultuous history of Central Asia in the age of the Russian revolution. He explores the complex interaction between Uzbek intellectuals, local Bolsheviks, and Moscow to sketch out the flux of the situation in early-Soviet Central Asia. His focus on the Uzbek intelligentsia allows him to recast our 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 the Soviet context through the interstices of the complex politics of the period. Making Uzbekistan introduces key texts 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

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Intelligentsia and Reform in Tsarist Central Asia
27
2 The Moment of Opportunity
56
3 Nationalizing the Revolution
90
4 The Muslim Republic of Bukhara
117
5 The Long Road to Soviet Power
156
6 A Revolution of the Mind
178
7 Islam between Reform and Revolution
219
9 Tajik as a Residual Category
291
10 The Ideological Front
316
11 The Assault
342
12 Toward a Soviet Order
363
Epilogue
390
Glossary
397
Bibliography of Primary Sources
399
Index
403

8 The Making of Uzbekistan
257

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About the author (2015)

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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