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Historical Central Eurasia

Central Asia under Russian Rule

This class carries COLL S & H distribution credit

“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.

Regions Covered: 
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/ron-sela
Course Code: 
R612

Ethnic History of Central Asia

This course carries S & H distribution credit

The course is a survey of ethnic history of Central Asia from the first centuries A.D. to the present time. Central Asia is defined as the western part of Inner Asia; it stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to Eastern Turkestan (Xinjiang) in the east, and belongs culturally to the Islamic world.

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Azerbaijan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/ron-sela
Course Code: 
R611

Islam and Modernity in Central Eurasia

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Azerbaijan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Tatarstan
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia

Current events have brought the Islamic religion and its putative supporters to the headlines of the daily media, usually in ways that emphasize the Arab-Israeli conflict and/or the equally painful results of terrorist acts and smart bombs.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/edward-lazzerini-0
Course Code: 
R627
When Taught: 
Spring 2013

Islamization in Inner Asia

This course carries Culture Studies & COLL A & H distribution credit

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/devin-deweese
Course Code: 
R514

The Rus, Khazars and Bulgars

Three kaganates—the Rus, the Khazar, and the Bolgar—vied for political and economic influence in the heart of Central Eurasia during the 500 years preceding the grand unification of the region by Mongols and their allies. Representing the last, spectacular bloom and power of pastoral nomadism, the Mongol Empire swept up Central Eurasia, wrecking in the process numerous state formations, including that of the Bolgars and Rus.

Regions Covered: 
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/edward-lazzerini-0
Course Code: 
R596

History of Xinjiang to 1911

The region today known as Xinjiang has had a tumultuous political history, often at the margin of other empires, sometimes itself the seat of empires, and sometimes parceled into warring statelets. It is geographically part of Central Asia, though it has also come under the political ambit of China. Peoples inhabiting the region have been animists, Zoroastrians, Nestorian Christians, Buddhists, and Muslims.

Regions Covered: 
China
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gardner-bovingdon-0
Course Code: 
R532

Politics of Identity in China and Inner Asia

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
China
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia

Many people take terms like "Chinese," "Taiwanese," or "Kazakh" to represent straightforward concepts. This course will challenge that assumption. Battles over states and borders have powerfully affected the formation of identities in China and Inner Asia. As rulers and alliances changed, some identities emerged, some merged, and some disappeared. Through a study of theories of identity and modern state formation, combined with careful attention to the history of China and Inner Asia over the last century or so, we will examine the politics of identity in this vast region.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gardner-bovingdon-0
Course Code: 
R595
When Taught: 
Spring 2013

Mongolian Languages and Dialects

Introduction to Mongolian traditional civilization: elements of the material culture (dwelling, wear, food, transport, warfare, hunting, animal husbandry, crafts, agriculture, orientation, reckoning of time, etc.), social and spiritual life (kinship, wedding, family, birth, name, childhood, toys and games, races, medicine, death; folk religion, Buddhism and monastic lore, shamanism, beliefs and ideals, values and taboos, omens, divinatory practices), folk arts (music, oral literature, dance, etc.).

No knowledge of Mongolian is required.

Regions Covered: 
Mongolia
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Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gy%C3%B6rgy-kara
Course Code: 
R562

Cultural History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey

This course is designed to introduce graduate and particularly undergraduate students to the rich and varied cultures of Turkey, from Ottoman times to the present. After briefly touching upon the general history of the Anatolian Turks, we will study the social, economic and political structures of Ottoman and Turkish Anatolia, the languages, the literatures and the many artistic traditions of the Anatolian peoples. How different was the literary language of the Ottoman elite from the language which has been spoken by the people of Anatolia for centuries?

Regions Covered: 
Turkey
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/kemal-silay
Course Code: 
R582

Empire and Ethnicity in Modern Russian History

Regions Covered: 
Azerbaijan
Estonia
Finland
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Poland
Tajikistan
Tatarstan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Historical Central Eurasia

This colloquium offers a comparative study of the concept of empire and of the major nationalities in tsarist Russia and the USSR. It seeks to provide an antidote to a traditional Russocentric approach as well as to narrow ethnocentric views regarding the non-Russian areas. We will stress the period since the mid-19th century when national movements began emerging among many of the ethnic groups in the empire. The course will assess developments both from the perspective of the center (nationality “policy” in St. Petersburg and Moscow) and that of the non-Russian borderlands.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/toivo-raun-0
Course Code: 
R698
When Taught: 
Spring 2013

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