Land Beyond the River: The Untold Story of Central Asia

Along the banks of the river once called Oxus lie the heartlands of Central Asia Uzbekistan and Tajikstan Catapulted into the news by events in Afghanistan, just across the water, these strategically important, intriguing and beautiful countries remain almost completely unknown to the outside world In this book, Monica Whitlock goes far beyond the headlines Using eyewiAlong the banks of the river once called Oxus lie the heartlands of Central Asia Uzbekistan and Tajikstan Catapulted into the news by events in Afghanistan, just across the water, these strategically important, intriguing and beautiful countries remain almost completely unknown to the outside world In this book, Monica Whitlock goes far beyond the headlines Using eyewitness accounts, unpublished letters and firsthand reporting, she enters into the lives of the Central Asians and reveals a dramatic and moving human story unfolding over three generations.There is Muhammadjan, called Hindustani , a diligent seminary student in the holy city of Bukhara until the 1917 revolution tore up the old order Exiled to Siberia as a shepherd and then conscripted into the Red Army, he survived to become the inspiration for a new generation of clerics Henrika was one of tens of thousands of Poles who walked and rode through Central Asia on their way to a new life in Iran, where she lives to this day Then there were the proud Pioneer children who grew up in the certainty that the Soviet Union would last forever, only to find themselves in a new world that they had never imagined In Central Asia, the extraordinary is commonplace and there is not a family without a remarkable story to tell.Land Beyond the River is both a chronicle of a century and a clear eyed, authoritative view of contemporary events.
Land Beyond the River The Untold Story of Central Asia Along the banks of the river once called Oxus lie the heartlands of Central Asia Uzbekistan and Tajikstan Catapulted into the news by events in Afghanistan just across the water these strategically

  • Title: Land Beyond the River: The Untold Story of Central Asia
  • Author: Monica Whitlock
  • ISBN: 9780312277277
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Land Beyond the River: The Untold Story of Central Asia”

    1. There is only few books about ex-USSR republics in Central Asia. This one had been on my wishlist for a long time and finally I had luck and found it for a reasonable price. The book focuses especially on Tajikistan, with several chapters on Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. It's obvious that the author spent some time in the region of interest - her knowledge of history, politics, people, traditions in the region is remarkable. What I appreciated the most was the detailed description of civil war in [...]

    2. Really good survey of Central Asia -- it's by a journalist, but has been on my list for a long time because I know scholars keep citing it approvingly. It focuses mainly on Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, and though it's heavily weighted to the post-1991 period, it does a good job of situating the region in its pre-Russian, Persian past. Good as an introduction to the region for a beginner, but people familiar with the area will get things out of it, too.

    3. I found this book to be very uneven. Some parts were quite interesting, following individuals paths across the various republics of central asia, illustrating how political events impact everyday people. But, other parts were really dry reporting on political and military events.

    4. This is a very interesting history of a part of the world that's been invisible to me up to now. There's a nice balance of personal anecdotes and more general accountings of the facts. The time spans from before the Soviet Union to the current war in Afghanistan.

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