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Russian Culture in Uzbekistan : One Language in the Middle of Nowhere - David MacFadyen

Russian Culture in Uzbekistan

One Language in the Middle of Nowhere

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Published: 26th April 2006
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Recent political changes in Central Asia, where the United States is replacing Russia as the dominant power, are having a profound effect on Russian speakers in the region. These people, formerly perceived as progressive and engaging with Europe, are now confronted by the erasure of their literary, musical, cinematic and journalistic culture, as local ethnic and American cultures become much stronger. 

This book examines the predicament of Russian culture in Central Asia, looking at literature, language, cinema, music, and religion. It argues that the Soviet past was much more complex than the simplified, polarised rhetoric of the Cold War period and also that the present situation, in which politicians from the former Soviet regime often continue in power, is equally complex.

'Amongst MacFadyen's conclusions is that the tragedy of Russian experience in Central Asia is that the gap of experience is the truth, and not a barbarous falsehood; the embodiment of 'death and destruction' that empire sees beyond its borders is part of the very diversity it purports to exemplify.'

- Oxfam's Development Resources Review

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Before Russia and Uzbekistan: subtle, suppressed affinitiesp. 1
Troubles with Islam and "ecstasy or self-oblivion"p. 21
Folk music and dance: plaintive sobbing or fiery virtuosity?p. 38
Introducing Russian classical music to Central Asiap. 56
The onset of Russian literature's kindly geniusp. 65
Simplifying one thousand years of Uzbek poetryp. 78
Today's culture and the ironic benefits of the internetp. 96
Conclusion: eventful encounters with a horror vacuip. 113
Bibliographyp. 118
Indexp. 161
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ISBN: 9780415341349
ISBN-10: 0415341345
Series: Central Asian Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 26th April 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Number: 1