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Rural Transition in Azerbaijan

by Zvi Lerman & David Sedik Lexington Books (February 15, 2010)

The book demonstrates that reform policies_including privatization of land and the shift from collective to individual farming_have a significant impact on agricultural growth, rural incomes, and poverty alleviation....


A Change in Worlds on the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands: Politics, Economies, and Environments in Northern Sichuan

by Jack Patrick Hayes Lexington Books (December 19, 2013)

This study of Sino-Tibetan northern Sichuan provides a framework for understanding changes in western China’s landscape and among its indigenous populations from late imperial to contemporary times. It highlights...


Old Stories Retold: Narrative and Vanishing Pasts in Modern China

by Andrew G. Stuckey Lexington Books (April 30, 2010)

Old Stories Retold delves into intertextual resonances cultivated with traditional literature in modern Chinese fiction from both the mainland and Taiwan. These resonances develop alternative historical sensibilities...


Labrang Monastery: A Tibetan Buddhist Community on the Inner Asian Borderlands, 1709-1958

by Paul Kocot Nietupski Lexington Books (July 10, 2012)

This book is a social and political history of Labrang Monastery, located in Tibet's Amdo and China's Gansu Province. It includes a study of the religious heritage of the region and its interactions with surrounding...


The Dialectics of Post-Soviet Modernity and the Changing Contours of Islamic Discourse in Azerbaijan

by Murad Ismayilov Lexington Books (September 15, 2018)

Azerbaijan’s independence came after seven decades of militant atheism of Soviet modernization project and emerged into staunch secularism of Western modernity, two factors that, on a par with the country’s...


State-Building in Kazakhstan

by Dina Sharipova Lexington Books (June 29, 2018)

This book challenges the conventional wisdom that informal institutions—networks, clientelism, and connections—have to disappear in modern societies due to liberalization of the economy, rapid urbanization,...


Tajikistan on the Move

by Marlène Laruelle, Jesse Driscoll, Tim Epkenhans & John Heathershaw et al. Lexington Books (May 25, 2018)

The southernmost and poorest state of the Eurasian space, Tajikistan collapsed immediately upon the fall of the Soviet Union and plunged into a bloody five-year civil war (1992–1997) that left more than 50,000...


Central Asia in the Era of Sovereignty

by Theresa Sabonis-Helf, Daniel L. Burghart, Sébastien Peyrouse & Yuhao Du et al. Lexington Books (March 15, 2018)

After twenty-five years of independence, there is little doubt that the five Central Asian states will persist as sovereign, independent states. They increasingly differ from each other, and are making their...


The European Union's Influence in Central Asia

by Olga Alinda Spaiser Lexington Books (March 12, 2018)

Unknown yet highly strategic, Central Asia attracts the interest of major global powers due to its vast energy resources and crucial geographic position. Russia, China, and the European Union view this region...


Constructing the Uzbek State

by Marlène Laruelle, Svetlana Peshkova, Matteo Fumagalli & Alisher Ilkhamov et al. Lexington Books (December 20, 2017)

Over the past three decades, Uzbekistan has attracted the attention of the academic and policy communities because of its geostrategic importance, its critical role in shaping or unshaping Central Asia as a...


Language, Literacy, and Social Change in Mongolia

by Phillip P. Marzluf Lexington Books (November 22, 2017)

Language, Literacy, and Social Change in Mongolia is the first full-length treatment of literacy in Mongolian. Challenging readers’ assumptions about Central Asia and Mongolia, this book focuses on Mongolians’...


China's Last Imperial Frontier: Late Qing Expansion in Sichuan's Tibetan Borderlands

by Xiuyu Wang Lexington Books (November 28, 2011)

Combining rich documentation with rigorous analysis, China's Last Imperial Frontier illuminates the internal dynamics of regional power struggle and local resistance that shaped the empire’s response to foreign...


The Central Asia–Afghanistan Relationship

by Marlène Laruelle, Bruce Pannier, Antonio Giustozzi & Artemy M. Kalinovsky et al. Lexington Books (August 14, 2017)

Central Asia is a relatively understudied neighbor of Afghanistan. The region is often placed into a number of historical and political contexts—a section of the Silk Road, a pawn in the “Great Game,”...


The New Geopolitics of the South Caucasus

by Shireen T. Hunter, Sergey Markedonov, Mohammad Homayounvash & Richard D. Kauzlarich et al. Lexington Books (September 22, 2017)

This collection surveys the three South Caucasian states’ economic, social and political evolution since their independence in 1991. It assesses their successes and failures in these areas, including their...


Eurasia's Shifting Geopolitical Tectonic Plates

by Alexandros Petersen & S. Frederick Starr Lexington Books (July 16, 2017)

This anthology of articles, short studies, and interviews by Alexandros Petersen were written over the span of ten years, starting in 2004. Yet they are even more relevant today in their prescient analysis....


Rewriting the Nation in Modern Kazakh Literature: Elites and Narratives

by Diana T. Kudaibergenova Lexington Books (January 16, 2017)

This interdisciplinary study is a comprehensive survey of cultural discourse and literary production in Kazakhstan. It examines the construction of national narratives before and after Soviet rule and argues...


The Origins of the Civil War in Tajikistan: Nationalism, Islamism, and Violent Conflict in Post-Soviet Space

by Tim Epkenhans Lexington Books (October 26, 2016)

This study provides a comprehensive account of the civil war that erupted in Tajikistan in 1992. Based on a wide range of primary sources, it analyzes the conflict’s long-term historical and structural roots...


Kazakhstan in the Making: Legitimacy, Symbols, and Social Changes

by Marlène Laruelle, Mateusz Laszczkowski, Douglas Blum & Alexander C. Diener et al. Lexington Books (November 21, 2016)

This collection is a multidisciplinary examination of modern-day Kazakhstan. It analyzes the country’s fast-changing national identity, the current regime’s ongoing quest for popular support, relations between...


Integration in Energy and Transport: Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey

by Alexandros Petersen & Roy Allison Lexington Books (June 16, 2016)

The South Caucasus region has established itself as a corridor for transporting energy from Azerbaijan to Georgia, Turkey, and on to Europe. This book examines the capacity of this new east–west “Eurasian...


Nationalism and Identity Construction in Central Asia: Dimensions, Dynamics, and Directions

by Mariya Y. Omelicheva, Kirill Nourzhanov, Aminat Chokobaeva & Marlène Laruelle et al. Lexington Books (December 17, 2014)

This edited volume scrutinizes the nature and discourses of nationalisms and identity construction in the post-Soviet Central Asian republics, and elucidates the main strategies and tactics employed at various...


Khrushchev's Thaw and National Identity in Soviet Azerbaijan, 1954-1959

by Jamil Hasanli Lexington Books (December 18, 2014)

Jamil Hasanli’s research on 1950s’ Azerbaijan sheds light on the watershed period in Soviet history while also furnishing the reader with a greater understanding of the root causes of the dissolution of...


Oral and Literary Continuities in Modern Tibetan Literature: The Inescapable Nation

by Lama Jabb Lexington Books (June 10, 2015)

This book reveals that the roots of modern Tibetan literature grow in the rich and fertile soil of Tibet’s oral and literary traditions, rather than in the 1980s as current scholarship presents.


Cotton Cultivation and Child Labor in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan

by Bilal Bhat Lexington Books (September 17, 2015)

Uzbekistan is the world's fifth-largest producer and second-largest exporter of cotton in the world, and unlike other countries where child labor is common, it is Uzbekistan's official policy to employ children....


Muslims in Amdo Tibetan Society: Multidisciplinary Approaches

by Paul K. Nietupski, Bianca Horlemann, Marie-Paule Hille & Alexandre Papas et al. Lexington Books (November 12, 2015)

This book examines the role of Muslims in Amdo society and explores historical, socio-economic, political, religious, and linguistic aspects of Tibetan, Muslim, and Chinese interactions in this borderland region....


Kyrgyzstan beyond "Democracy Island" and "Failing State": Social and Political Changes in a Post-Soviet Society

by Johan Engvall, Marlène Laruelle, Erica Marat & David Gullette et al. Lexington Books (December 03, 2015)

This examination of the political, social, and cultural changes of Kyrgyzstan since the collapse of the Soviet Union offers tools to go beyond the country’s simplistic dual status of being both an “island...