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- Central Asia under Russian Rule
- CEUS-R 412/612
- Ron Sela
This class carries CASE S&H designation
“Central Asia under Russian Rule” surveys the history of the complex relations between Russia and Central Asia. We will explore the Russian expansion into the region in the 16th century and the conquest of Central Asia in the 19th century, discuss the political and social developments under Russian rule, and conclude with the emergence of modern nations in Soviet Central Asia in the 1920s.
Early trade relations between Russia and Central Asia. The motives for and the course of Russian expansion into the region. Russian colonial rule: law, education, administration, economy and culture, Russian migration and colonization. Russian indirect rule over its Central Asian protectorates, Bukhara and Khiva. Economic development and modernization under Russian rule. National movements and uprisings in Central Asia. The 1917 Revolution and the Civil War in Central Asia. The emergence of modern nation states. The evaluation of the Russian conquest and Russian rule in Central Asia in modern historiography.
Readings: No single textbook will be used. Selected readings that also reveal both the Russian and the Central Asian perspectives will be assigned from a list of books, all available in the IU library. Additional readings will be distributed in the class.