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Understanding Central Asia. Politics and contested transformations

Cummings, Sally N.
Understanding Central Asia. Politics and contested transformations
Understanding Central Asia. Politics and contested transformations

Understanding Central Asia. Politics and contested transformations

Cummings, Sally N.
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Since Soviet collapse, the independent republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have faced tremendous political, economic, and security challenges. Focusing on these five republics, this textbook analyzes the contending understandings of the politics of the past, present and future transformations of Central A...
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Since Soviet collapse, the independent republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have faced tremendous political, economic, and security challenges. Focusing on these five republics, this textbook analyzes the contending understandings of the politics of the past, present and future transformations of Central Asia, including its place in international security and world politics. Analysing the transformation that independence has brought and tracing the geography, history, culture, identity, institutions and economics of Central Asia, it locates ‘the political’ in the region.

 A comprehensive examination of the politics of Central Asia, this insightful book is of interest both to undergraduate and graduate students of Asian Politics, Post-Communist Politics, Comparative Politics and International Relations, and to scholars and professionals in the region.

"True to its title, this thought-provoking study offers a nuanced understanding of contemporary Central Asia that cuts through stereotypes and situates the region in broader social science and history debates. With its clear thematic structure it offers an incisive and accessible account of the principal influences on the political transformation of the Central Asian states. This is a book that should be read not only by advanced students of the new Eurasia, but all those interested in deepening their knowledge in this fascinating and increasingly diverse part of the world." - Roy Allison, University of Oxford, UK

"This book provides a clear and persuasive interpretation of political developments in the post-Soviet Central Asian states. The author deftly weaves together a broad range of factors that shaped the countries’ recent evolution, including the legacy of the past, religion, national identity, economics, and international relations. She also situates her interpretation in the context of the scholarly literature on the subject. Her analysis is well informed and judicious. People seeking an introduction to contemporary Central Asia should start here. Those who are familiar with the subject will enjoy her engagement with the diverse body of scholarly opinion. This book deserves to be essential reading on Central Asia today." - Muriel Atkin, George Washington University, USA