The military and the state in Central Asia [electronic resource] : from Red Army to independence /
Erica Marat.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2010.
x, 160 p. ; 24 cm.
0415493471, 9780415493475 (hc : alk. paper)
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London ; New York : Routledge, 2010.
9780415493475 (hc : alk. paper)
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1. Mongolia today -- 2. Turkestan and the fate of the Russian Empire -- 3. Church of the East -- 4. Pre-tsarist and tsarist Central Asia -- 5. Russia's protectorates in Central Asia -- 6. Russian culture in Uzbekistan -- 7. Everyday Islam in post-Soviet Central Asia -- 8. Kazakhstan -- 9. Ethno-nationalism, Islam and the State in the Caucasus -- 10. Humanitarian aid in post-Soviet countries -- 11. Muslim-Christian relations in Central Asia -- 12. The northwest Caucasus -- 13. Turkmenistan's foreign policy -- 14. Conflict transformation in Central Asia -- 15. Socialist revolutions in Asia -- 16. Post-conflict Tajikistan -- 17. The politics of transitions in Central Asia and the Caucasus -- 18. Islamic education in the Soviet Union and its successor states -- 19. The military and the State in Central Asia.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. [140]-154) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Erica Marat is a Central Asia analyst. She specializes in military institutions, state-building, and organized crime in post-colonial states, with a special interest in the Central Asian region. She is an author of numerous academic and policy publications, including The Tulip Revolution: Kyrgyzstan One Year After (2006).
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-08-01:
The title suggests revelations on post-USSR state formation in Central Asia, the role of the military in that process, and the relationship between military institutions and the states. The organization of the armed forces, their loyalties, their missions, their professionalism, their budgets, and how the budget is allocated are crucial in differentiating a national army from a mercenary force loyal to a dictator-patron. An institutionalized national military funded by the nation's resources through a transparent legal framework is not likely to be an effective instrument of a dictator's national oppression. A military force paid for by a patron and officered by the patron's loyal servants could be an instrument of upholding a dictator's mastery over a nation. The book, disappointingly, does not address such inquiries. The result is a brief, superficial, often contradictory history of the Soviet Armed Forces, and their offspring after the Soviet empire's disintegration, in Central Asia. Central Asian veterans of the Soviet Army's war in Afghanistan are highlighted and their dual loyalties--to the glorified multinational Soviet military on the one hand and their ethnic nationalities on the other--are mentioned. The book has a list of abbreviations, notes, and index. Summing Up: Not recommended. F. L. Mokhtari National Defense University
Review Quotes
'[T]his is a groundbreaking text. It raises numerous key topics that anyone with an interest in Central Asian politics and security ought to consider. Even though this book is not going to terminate discussion on any of the issues it brings up, it provides an essential starting point and will set the terms of future debate.'- Stephen Blank, US Army War College; Central Asian Survey, Vol. 30, No. 1, March 2011
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The military played a pivotal role in the political development, state functions, foreign policy and the daily lives of the people in the Central Asian states from the early twentieth century until the present. This book is the first major, in-depth study of the military institutions in Central Asian states. It examines their hidden story, the different stages of their development from the early twentieth century until the present, and the influence they had on the state and society. It effectively combines history, sociology of the military and political science and provides deeper insights into how recently formed states function. By concentrating extensively on the military, this book is an important and a timely contribution to a wide range of disciplines including Central Asian studies, and post-colonial state and nation-building studies.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The military played a pivotal role in the political development, state functions, foreign policy and the daily lives of the people in the Central Asian states from the early 20th century until the present. This is the first major study of the military institutions and the influence they had on the state and society.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introduction: Military and state-building in Central Asiap. 1
Central Asian military during the Soviet regimep. 8
"We won the war": Competing memories of the Soviet war in Afghanistanp. 33
Military institutions as part of state-building during independencep. 53
Russian Bear v. Asian Tiger: Competing regional security quasi-regimesp. 81
NATO and the West in Central Asiap. 104
From internationalist to post-Soviet nationalist militaryp. 116
Conclusion: What lies ahead?p. 133
Notesp. 140
Bibliographyp. 150
Indexp. 155
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