A. S. Morrison

in Russian Rule in Samarkand 1868-1910

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199547371
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720710 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs


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This introductory chapter sets out the aims of the book, which are to compare Russia's talent for assimilation with that of other conquering races. It then goes on to outline the areas under investigation in the book, namely those centred on the ancient city of Samarkand and the valley of the river Zarafshan. It also outlines why the author decided to write a comparative study of Russian colonial rule in Central Asia with British Rule in India, and details his reasons for choosing British India as the ‘control’ to Russian Turkestan.

Keywords: assimilation; Samarkand; Zarafshan; British India; Central Asia

Chapter.  4499 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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