chapter  2
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Colonialism and Central Asia

The language of colonialism and concepts about colonial dynamics infused much of what was written about Central Asia after the Second World War. Central Asia could be seen as a non-European area under European domination analogous to the overseas empires of Britain and France. Although geographer A. Nove and Soviet studies lecturer J. Newth, both of Glasgow University, wrote, ‘there is no point in starting such a study [of Soviet Central Asia] with an already held conviction that these are colonies exploited by Moscow for its own evil purposes’,1 such a conviction formed the underlying basis of the bulk of Western writing on the area.