The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Central Asia offers the first comprehensive, cross-disciplinary overview of key issues in Central Asian studies. The 30 chapters by leading and emerging scholars summarise major findings in the field and highlight long-term trends, recent observations and future developments in the region. The handbook features case studies of all five Central Asian republics and is organised thematically in seven sections:

• History

• Politics

• Geography

• International Relations

• Political Economy

• Society and Culture

• Religion

An essential cross-disciplinary reference work, the handbook offers an accessible and easyto- understand guide to the core issues permeating the region to enable readers to grasp the fundamental challenges, transformations and themes in contemporary Central Asia. It will be of interest to researchers, academics and students of the region and those working in the field of Area Studies, History, Anthropology, Politics and International Relations.

chapter |10 pages

Introducing Central Asian studies

ByRico Isaacs, Erica Marat

part Part I|60 pages


chapter 1|13 pages

Central Asia before the advent of Russian Dominion 1

ByMichael Hancock-Parmer

chapter 2|15 pages

Russian rule in Central Asia

ByIan W. Campbell

chapter 3|15 pages

Collectivisation, sedentarisation and famine in Central Asia

ByMarianne Kamp, Niccolò Pianciola

chapter 4|15 pages

Development in post-war Central Asia

ByArtemy M. Kalinovsky

part Part II|62 pages


chapter 5|14 pages

Varieties of authoritarianism in Central Asia

ByDavid G. Lewis

chapter 6|14 pages

Informal Governance, ‘clan’ politics and corruption

ByAksana Ismailbekova

chapter 7|14 pages

Nation-building in Central Asia

Policy and discourse
ByDina Sharipova, Aziz Burkhanov

chapter 8|18 pages

Unsettled space

Unfinished histories of border delimitation in the Ferghana Valley
ByMadeleine Reeves

part Part III|58 pages


chapter 9|19 pages

Boundaries, borders and identities

ByVincent Artman, Alexander C. Diener

chapter 10|14 pages

The history of water politics in Central Asia

ByChristine Bichsel

chapter 11|12 pages

Rethinking spectacular cities

Beyond authoritarianism and mastermind schemes
ByMateusz Laszczkowski, Natalie Koch

chapter 12|11 pages

Politics of green development

Trees vs. roads
ByEmil Nasritdinov

part Part IV|88 pages

International Relations

chapter 13|9 pages

Russia and Central Asia

Evolving mutual perceptions and the rise of postcolonial perspectives
ByMarlene Laruelle

chapter 14|16 pages

China–Central Asia relations

Re-learning to live next to the giant
ByNargis Kassenova

chapter 15|14 pages

U.S. policy and Central Asia

ByCharles E. Ziegler

chapter 16|16 pages

Domestic sources of foreign policy in Central Asia

ByShairbek Dzhuraev

chapter 17|15 pages

Military power and capacity

ByErica Marat

chapter 18|16 pages

Globalisation and migration in Central Asia

ByCaress Schenk

part Part V|68 pages

Political Economy

chapter 19|22 pages

Economic reform and development in Central Asia

ByRichard Pomfret

chapter 20|16 pages

Oil, capital and labour around the Caspian

ByMaurizio Totaro, Paolo Sorbello

chapter 21|11 pages


ByJohan Engvall

chapter 22|17 pages

Modernisation and development in Central Asia

ByLiga Rudzite, Karolina Kluczewska

part Part VI|62 pages

Society and Culture

chapter 23|13 pages

The nationalisation of traditions

BySvetlana Jacquesson

chapter 24|15 pages

Thinking with gender about Central Asia

BySvetlana Peshkova

chapter 25|14 pages

Contemporary art in Central Asia

ByAlexandra Tsay

chapter 26|18 pages

Language policy and language in Central Asia

ByWilliam Fierman

part Part VII|52 pages


chapter 27|11 pages

Islamic renewal in Central Asia *

ByBayram Balci

chapter 28|15 pages

Securitisation of religion in Central Asia

ByEdward Lemon

chapter 29|14 pages

Liberalism and Islam in Central Asia

ByGalym Zhussipbek

chapter 30|10 pages


ByRico Isaacs