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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

Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia

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

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Iran
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/m-nazif-shahrani
Course Code: 
R516

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

Islam in the Soviet Union and Successor States

Regions Covered: 
Azerbaijan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Tatarstan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan

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

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/devin-deweese
Course Code: 
R513
When Taught: 
Fall 2011

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

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

Introduction to Central Asian History

This course carries COLL S & H distribution credit

Central Asia, the world’s “crossroads of cultures and civilizations,” has witnessed an unparalleled increase in world interest since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Its global significance, reflected in its strategic location between China, Russia, India and Iran, in the management of vital natural resources such as oil and natural gas, and the recent American conflict in Afghanistan, has turned the region into one of the key focal points for academics, policy makers, and practitioners.

Regions Covered: 
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/ron-sela
Course Code: 
R510

Property in Central Eurasia

Regions Covered: 
China
Hungary
Iran
Kazakhstan
Mongolia
Romania
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia

A land of nomads and industrialists, communists and capitalists, media moguls and pirates all at the same time, Central Eurasia has been a testing ground-and battleground-for some of society’s greatest experiments in property: what can (or should) be owned, who can own it, and what they can do with it. This course explores the development of conceptions of property and property rights in Central Eurasia, from the establishment of rights over hunting and grazing grounds to fights over copyright and patents.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/kathryn-graber
Course Code: 
R599
When Taught: 
Spring 2013

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