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 23 of this book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.routledge.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

part II|62 pages


chapter 7|14 pages

Nation-building in Central Asia

Policy and discourse

chapter 8|18 pages

Unsettled space

Unfinished histories of border delimitation in the Ferghana Valley

part III|58 pages


chapter 11|12 pages

Rethinking spectacular cities

Beyond authoritarianism and mastermind schemes

chapter 12|11 pages

Politics of green development

Trees vs. roads

part IV|88 pages

International Relations

chapter 13|9 pages

Russia and Central Asia

Evolving mutual perceptions and the rise of postcolonial perspectives

chapter 14|16 pages

China–Central Asia relations

Re-learning to live next to the giant

chapter 15|14 pages

U.S. policy and Central Asia

chapter 17|15 pages

Military power and capacity

part V|68 pages

Political Economy

part VI|62 pages

Society and Culture

part VII|52 pages


chapter 27|11 pages

Islamic renewal in Central Asia *

chapter 30|10 pages