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NEW GEOPOLITICS OF CENTRAL ASIA AND ITS BORDERLANDS

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Edited by Ali Banuazizi and Myron Weiner (1994)

This book focuses on then newly independent Muslim Republics of the former Soviet Union in Central Asia, especially Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Azerbaijan. It examines economic and political developments in these states with reference to the lingering legacy of Tsarist Russian and Soviet rule, the resurgence of an Islamic political identity, the persistence of ethnic allegiances and rivalries, and the democratic aspirations of their peoples. A major emphasis is on the long-standing religious, ethnic, and cultural ties between the peoples of Central Asia and those of the southwest Asian states of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey.