Yuriy Kulchik is at the Ministry of Nationalities and Regional Politics in the Russian Federation. Andrey Fadin is a journalist and has written widely on the modern history of Russia. Victor Sergeev is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Policies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Foreword by Fred Halliday Maps Introduction 1. Ethnicity, Religion, and the Nation State in Central Asia * Ethnic and Cultural Continuity * From Poliethnicity to Nation-State * Russians in Asia * Islam in Central Asia: The Sleeper Awakens * Custodians of Tradition: The Mahalla and the Mosque 2. The Soviet Era * 'White Gold': The Cotton Dictatorship * Land and People: The Time-bomb (Uzbekistan Case) * Urban Crisis and Ruralisation * Industrial Crisis 3. After the Empire: Between the Etatcracy and the Ethnocracy - the Cities and Industries in Post-Imperial Uzbekistan * The Empire's Orphans * Ethno-privatisation * Foreign Capital: Tool of Modernisation or Conservation? 4. In Search of Political Stability: From State Socialism to National Authoritarianism * Post-Communism: Asian Dilemmas Case A: Uzbekistan * National Democrats: Triumph Turned Defeat * From Partocracy towards Conservative Authoritanism: The Karimov Path * Fundamentalism Case B: Kazakhstan * Towards an Ethnocratic State? 5. Regional Perspectives, Integration, and Foreign Policy Options Bibliography 'Country Profiles' - Facts and Figures Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kirgizia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan Index