Understanding Central Asia Politics and Contested Transformations

ISBN-10: 0415297036

ISBN-13: 9780415297035

Edition: 2012

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As an introductory text, Understanding Central Asia presents students with the basic knowledge of the history, politics and international relations of Central Asia. Sally Cummings explores the domestic and foreign politics of the five independent states of post-Soviet Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. This accessible text is arranged thematically and covers key issues such as:* history* state and nation-building* the role of Islam* economic and political reform* relations with the South, particularly Afghanistan, India and Pakistan* relations with Russia and the geopolitical role of Central Asia post-September 11th.
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Book details

List price: $46.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Sally N. Cummings is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Her publications include Domestic and International Perspectives on Kyrgyzstan's 'Tulip Revolution' (ed.) (Taylor & Francis, 2009), Kazakhstan: Power and the Elite (IB Tauris, 2005), Oil, Transition and Security in Central Asia (ed.) (Routledge, 2003) and Kazakhstan: Centre-Periphery Relations (Brookings Institution, 2000).

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Note on transliteration
Introduction
The region of Central Asia: What's in a name?
Empires, Soviet rule and sovereignty
Authoritarian alternatives
Islam, nation and multiple identities in Central Asia
Economics and political transformations
Securing Central Asia
Conclusion: State of the state in Central Asia
(Further tables)
(Maps)
Bibliography and further reading
Index
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