History | Central Asia Under Russian Rule
G300 | 27845 | Sela
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MA’s only
Above class meets with CEUS-U 494
“Central Asia under Russian Rule” surveys the history of the complex
relations between Russia and Central Asia. We will explore the
Russian expansion into the region in the 16th century and the
conquest of Central Asia in the 19th century, discuss the political
and social developments under Russian rule, and conclude with the
emergence of modern nations in Soviet Central Asia in the 1920s.
Central Asia is defined as the western part of Inner Asia,
stretching from the Caspian Sea in the west to Eastern Turkestan
(Xinjiang) in the east, also including the modern republics of
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.
The main topics to be discussed:
- Early trade relations between Russia and Central Asia.
- The motives for and the course of Russian expansion into the
- Russian colonial rule: law, education, administration, economy and
culture, Russian migration and colonization.
- Russian indirect rule over its Central Asian protectorates,
Bukhara and Khiva.
- Economic development and modernization under Russian rule.
- National movements and uprisings in Central Asia.
- The 1917 Revolution and Civil War.
- The emergence of modern “nation-states.”
- The evaluation of the Russian conquest and Russian rule in Central
Asia in modern historiography.
The course offers insights into the mechanisms of Empire, into the
multifaceted dynamics of the relations between Conqueror and
Conquered, and into the colonial administration of Muslim peoples.
Readings: No single textbook will be used. Selected readings that
also reveal both the Russian and the Central Asian perspectives will
be assigned from a list of books, mostly made available on Oncourse.
Course requirements: Two exams and brief response papers on the