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Historical dictionary of Tajikistan
Abdullaev, K. N. (Kamolidin Nadzhmidinovich), 1950-
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxxiv, 284 pages : map ; 22 cm.
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At the end of 1991, the collapse of the Soviet Union transformed the 15 republics of that union into independent states with various capabilities for survival. Among the new central Asian republics was Tajikstan, the smallest, weakest and poorest of the group. Independence came almost as a surprise to a country unprepared for self-government - a bad surprise in some ways, even if good in others. The result was a long civil war and lasting identity crisis.

Author Notes

Kamoludin Abdullaev has written numerous papers in Tajik, Russian and English on the region's history. He is one of the authors and editors of Accord 10: Politics of Compromise: the Tajikistan Peace Process and the author of Exiles of Bolshevism: Central Asian Emigration in 1918-1932. Shahram Akbarzadehis a lecturer in international relations in La Trobe University and has taught post-Soviet politics at Manash University (Australia).

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Booklist Review

Titles in the publisher's Asian/Oceanic Historical Dictionaries series.

Choice Review

Written by a specialist on the history of Tajikistan and a specialist on international relations in the region, this dictionary is extremely useful for understanding the current situation in Tajikistan, its troubled recent history, and its new role in the war on terrorism in the Middle East and Central Asia. Entries on politics and government are extensive, thoroughly researched, and current, but noticeable gaps appear when one examines the otherwise useful historical chronology. In several instances, persons and events listed in the chronology have no entry in the dictionary itself, and the lack of an index to the dictionary makes it impossible to know if those subjects appear elsewhere in the book. Art and literature are almost completely ignored. Despite these problems, the lack of current, English-language resources on Tajikistan makes this book a welcome addition to the literature. T. Miller Michigan State University

Table of Contents

Editor's Forewordp. vii
Reader's Notep. ix
Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xi
Mapp. xiii
Tablesp. xv
Chronologyp. xix
Introductionp. xxvii
The Dictionaryp. 1
Appendix A Constitution of Tajikistanp. 235
Appendix B Tajikistan and the War on Terrorismp. 255
Bibliographyp. 259
About the Authorsp. 283