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  • The Heritage of Soviet Oriental Studiesby Michael Kemper; Stephan Conermann

    Taylor and Francis 2011; US$ 50.95

    The Western field of oriental studies and orientalism - criticised by Edward Said among others for encouraging the orient to be viewed in a particular way - has a counterpart in Russia and the Soviet Union. This book examines this Russian/Soviet intellectual tradition of oriental scholarship covering Islamic history and Muslim literatures of the USSR... more...

  • Travels into Bokharaby Alexander Burnes; Kathleen Hopkirk; William Dalrymple

    Eland Publishing 2012; US$ 14.57

    At the age of only twenty six, Alexander Burnes proved himself to be one of the most effective intelligence agents of his time. Making two dangerous journeys beyond the frontiers of the Indian Empire, he reported back via the East India Company to Downing Street on the geography and politics of the kingdoms that lay to the northwest as far as fabled... more...

  • On the Run in Siberiaby Rane Willerslev; Coilín ÓhAiseadha

    University of Minnesota Press 2012; US$ 60.00

    A hair-raising tale of idealism, political corruption, shamanism, and survival in the Siberian wilderness more...

  • Fortune and the Cursedby Katherine Swancutt

    Berghahn Books 2012; US$ 95.00

    Innovation-making is a classic theme in anthropology that reveals how people fine-tune their ontologies, live in the world and conceive of it as they do. This ethnographic study is an entrance into the world of Buryat Mongol divination, where a group of cursed shamans undertake the 'race against time' to produce innovative remedies that will improve... more...

  • White Feverby Jacek Hugo-Bader

    Counterpoint 2012; US$ 16.95

    No one in their right mind travels across Siberia in the middle of winter in a modified Russian jeep, with only a CD player (which breaks on the first day) for company. But Jacek Hugo-Bader is no ordinary traveler. As a fiftieth birthday present to himself, he sets out to drive from Moscow to Vladivostok, traversing a continent that is two and a half... more...

  • Turkestan and the Fate of the Russian Empireby Daniel Brower

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 54.95

    The central argument of this book is that the half-century of Russian rule in Central Asia was shaped by traditions of authoritarian rule, by Russian national interests, and by a civic reform agenda that brought to Turkestan the principles that informed Alexander II's reform policies. This civilizing mission sought to lay the foundations for a rejuvenated,... more...

  • Kazakhstanby Martha Brill Olcott

    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 2010; US$ 18.99

    At the outset of independence 18 years ago, Kazakhstan's leaders promised that the country's rich natural resources, with oil and gas reserves among the largest in the world, would soon bring economic prosperity. It appeared that democracy was beginning to take hold in this newly independent state. Nearly two decades later, Kazakhstan has achieved... more...

  • Narrating the Future in Siberiaby Olga Ulturgasheva

    Berghahn Books 2012; US$ 70.00

    The wider cultural universe of contemporary Eveny is a specific and revealing subset of post-Soviet society. From an anthropological perspective, the author seeks to reveal not only the Eveny cultural universe but also the universe of the children and adolescents within this universe. The first full-length ethnographic study among the adolescence... more...

  • Siberian Dreamsby Andy Home

    Eye Books 2006; US$ 9.99

    Every year thousands compete to win the RGS/BBC Journey of a Lifetime award and fulfill their travel dreams. However, Andy Home's dream would be most people's nightmare. Andy went to Siberia, to the Russian industrial mining city of Norilsk where temperatures drop to minus 50, half the year is spent in perpetual darkness, and the pollution has destroyed... more...

  • Politics, Identity and Education in Central Asiaby Pinar Akçali; Cennet Engin-Demir

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 145.00

    Focusing on the areas of politics, identity and education, this book looks at some of the most pressing and challenging issues that Kyrgyzstan faces in the post-Soviet era. It argues that Kyrgyzstan is challenged with oscillations between the old and the new on the one hand, and domestic and international on the other. The book analyses the process... more...