Central Asia In Historical Perspective (John M. Olin by Beatrice Manz

By Beatrice Manz

Because the loss of life of Soviet strength, the newly self sustaining republics are redefining their identities and their kinfolk with the realm at huge. In crucial Asia, which lies on the crossroads of numerous cultures, the rising developments are advanced and ambiguous.In this quantity, best specialists discover elements that experience pushed the region’s ancient improvement and that proceed to outline it this present day: overlapping Islamic, Russian, and steppe cultures and their influence on makes an attempt to delimit nationwide borders and to create self reliant states; the legacy of Soviet and prior imperial rule in monetary and social family; and the contest among Uzbek, Tajik, and different workforce identities.The authors make few predictions, yet their unique and thought-provoking analyses provide readers new perception into these features of primary Asia’s earlier that can form its destiny.

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5 The flow of merchants and goods traversing Eurasia increased appreciably during the Mongol era, and caravans coming to or from China naturally traveled via the oases of Central Asia, offering numerous economic opportunities for the inhabitants. 6 This relatively rosy assessment of the meaning of Mongol rule in East Turkestan does not apply to the western regions of Central Asia. The Khorezm-Shah, who ruled much of this area, was much less docile than the Uighur iduq-qut? In 1218 he even condoned the killing of an envoy dispatched by Chinggis Khan— a direct challenge to the Mongols to whom "the person of an ambassador .

282—287; on the Uighurs, see also A. von Gabain, Das Leben im uigurischen Konigreich von Qoco (850-1250), 2 vols. (Wiesbaden, 1973); Abe Takeo, Nishi Uigunt kokushi no kenkyu (Kyoto, 1955); James Hamilton, Leg Ouighours & Vlpoque des Cinq Dynasties d'apres les documents chinois (Paris, 1955); and Paul Pelliot, Notes on Marco Polo (Paris, 1959), 1:161-165. 3. On the OnggOds, see Paul Pelliot, Recherches mr le$ Chretiens d'Asie centrale et d'extreme orient (ed, by Jean Dauvillier and Louis Harnbis, Paris, 1973), 261-267; Jean Dauvillier, "Les provinces ehaldfennes dc I'ext&ieur' au moyen age*" in Melanges F.

It is unclear whether these rebellions signified positive affirmation of Islam or simply reactions to foreign rule. ), but the anti-religious message has probably made some inroads. Even the limited practice of Islam, however, does not appear to have forged unity. The Russian-governed territories in Central Asia had remarkably similar experiences. Anti-Tsarist disturbances often were motivated or inspired by Islamic leaders, but these incidents principally represented anti-Russian sentiments— not necessarily a resurgence of Muslim religious identity.

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