Politics and History in Central Asia

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan

Life and Politics during the Soviet Era

Editors: Dadabaev, Timur, Komatsu, Hisao (Eds.)

  • Explores the relationship between the governmentally endorsed history of the Soviet era and the private lives of the Soviet citizens
  • Gives a broader picture of everyday life at the periphery of the USSR, particularly Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, through critical discourse analysis
  • Examines the transformation of present-day Central Asia from the perspective of personal memories
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About this book

This volume offers perspectives from the general public in post-Soviet Central Asia and reconsiders the meaning and the legacy of Soviet administration in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.  This study emphasizes that the way in which people in Central Asia reconcile their Soviet past to a great extent refers to the three-fold process of recollecting their everyday experiences, reflecting on their past from the perspective of their post-Soviet present,  and re-imagining. These three elements influence memories and lead to selectivity in memory construction. This process also emphasizes the aspects of the Soviet era people choose to recall in positive and negative lights.  Ultimately, this book demonstrates how Soviet life has influenced the identity and understanding of self among the population in post-Soviet Central Asian states.

About the authors

Timur Dadabaev is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and Director of the combined MA and Ph.D. Program in Central Eurasian Studies. 
Hisao Komatsu is Professor at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Collective Memory, Oral History and Central Eurasian Studies in Japan

    Komatsu, Hisao

    Pages 1-19

  • Recollecting the Soviet Past: Challenges of Data Collection on Everyday Life Experiences and Public Memory in Post-Soviet Central Asia

    Dadabaev, Timur

    Pages 21-38

  • Famine in Kyrgyzstan in the 1930s and 1940s

    Kurmangaliyeva Ercilasun, Guljanat

    Pages 39-51

  • Soviet Agricultural Policy and Cultivating “Virgin Lands” in Kazakhstan

    Ercilasun, Konuralp

    Pages 53-65

  • Religious Life of Kyrgyz People According to Oral Materials

    Sahin, Ilhan

    Pages 67-80

Buy this book

eBook £50.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-52236-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £63.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-52235-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan
Book Subtitle
Life and Politics during the Soviet Era
Editors
  • Timur Dadabaev
  • Hisao Komatsu
Series Title
Politics and History in Central Asia
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52236-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-52236-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52235-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 147
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