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Nomads and Soviet rule : Central Asia under Lenin and Stalin

Author: Alun Thomas, (Historian)
Publisher: New York ; London : I.B. Tauris, 2018. ©2018
Series: Library of modern Russia, 10.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The nomads of Central Asia were well accustomed to life under the power of a distant capital when the Bolsheviks fomented revolution on the streets of Petrograd. Yet after the fall of the Tsar, the nature, ambition and potency of that power would change dramatically, ultimately resulting in the near eradication of Central Asian nomadism. Based on extensive primary source work in Almaty, Bishkek and Moscow, Nomads  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Thomas, Alun (Historian).
Nomads and Soviet rule.
New York ; London : I.B. Tauris, 2018
(OCoLC)994313612
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alun Thomas, (Historian)
ISBN: 9781838608927 1838608923
OCLC Number: 1107667205
Description: 1 online resource (x, 260 pages) : maps
Series Title: Library of modern Russia, 10.
Responsibility: Alun Thomas.

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"The nomads of Central Asia were well accustomed to life under the power of a distant capital when the Bolsheviks fomented revolution on the streets of Petrograd. Yet after the fall of the Tsar, the nature, ambition and potency of that power would change dramatically, ultimately resulting in the near eradication of Central Asian nomadism. Based on extensive primary source work in Almaty, Bishkek and Moscow, Nomads and Soviet Rule charts the development of this volatile and brutal relationship and challenges the often repeated view that events followed a linear path of gradually escalating violence. Rather than the sedentarisation campaign being an inevitability born of deep-rooted Marxist hatred of the nomadic lifestyle, Thomas demonstrates the Soviet state's treatment of nomads to be far more complex and pragmatic. He shows how Soviet policy was informed by both an anti-colonial spirit and an imperialist impulse, by nationalism as well as communism, and above all by a lethal self-confidence in the Communist Party's ability to transform the lives of nomads and harness the agricultural potential of their landscape. This is the first book to look closely at the period between the revolution and the collectivisation drive, and offers fresh insight into a little-known aspect of early Soviet history. In doing so, the book offers a path to refining conceptions of the broader history and dynamics of the Soviet project in this key period"--Back cover.

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