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The handbook of central Asia : a comprehensive survey of the new republics
Capisani, Giampaolo R.
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London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, [2000]

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xxii, 264 pages : maps ; 25 cm
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Providing a key to understanding the present economic, political, and social situation of each of the five main Central Asian states, this exhaustively researched and up-to-date single-volume reference is the only source of its kind currently available in English. With a section for each state--Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan--the handbook draws on empirical data and current research to provide essential information on each state.

Author Notes

Giampaolo R. Capisani teaches and researches on Central Asia and the Caucasus in a number of European institutions.

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First published in Italian in 1997, slightly revised and updated in this version, this book provides information in depth about the five republics that once constituted Soviet Central Asia: Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. For each country, the author discusses the political evolution that led to independence, the geography and population, a thorough historical outline, economy, culture, religion. A general bibliography includes materials in Western and Central Asian languages and useful Web sites; select bibliographies for each country accompany individual chapters. Other features include an index, 20 black-and-white maps, and a brief chronology of the major agreements of the Commonwealth of Independent States (1991-97). Although this volume provides more comprehensive information than James Minahan's Miniature Empires: A Historical Dictionary of the Newly Independent States (1999), Minahan includes all the former Soviet republics, as well as Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Namibia. Because of this volume's price, and since similar information is already capably covered in the Library of Congress's "Area Handbooks Series" volume Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan: Country Studies, ed. by Glenn E. Curtis (1997), which many libraries probably already own, only libraries with high interest in Central Asia will want this one. J. A. Drobnicki; CUNY York College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Author's Notep. xv
Note on Transliterationp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
1 Kazakstan, Qazaqstan Respublicasyp. 1
Political Evolutionp. 1
The Territory and Populationp. 15
Historical Outlinep. 26
The Economyp. 37
Culturep. 62
Religionp. 69
Kazakstan Bibliographyp. 75
2 Uzbekistan, Uzbekiston Respublikasip. 78
Political Evolutionp. 78
The Territory and Populationp. 91
Historical Outlinep. 101
The Economyp. 110
Culturep. 120
Religionp. 124
Uzbekistan Bibliographyp. 127
3 Turkmenistan, Turkmenistan Respublikasyp. 129
Political Evolutionp. 129
The Territory and Populationp. 135
Historical Outlinep. 140
The Economyp. 144
Culturep. 154
Religionp. 156
Turkmenistan Bibliographyp. 159
4 Tajikistan, Jumhurii Tojikistonp. 161
Political Evolutionp. 161
The Territory and Populationp. 180
Historical Outlinep. 186
The Economyp. 190
Culturep. 197
Religionp. 202
Tajikistan Bibliographyp. 204
5 Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz Respublicasyp. 207
Political Evolutionp. 207
The Territory and Populationp. 214
Historical Outlinep. 221
The Economyp. 225
Culturep. 231
Religionp. 235
Kyrgyzstan Bibliographyp. 237
Appendix The Commonwealth of Independent Statesp. 239
General Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 249