Pre-tsarist and Tsarist Central Asia
Communal Commitment and Political Order in Change
Routledge – 2003 – 336 pages
Series: Central Asian Studies
This study, written from the perspective of political sociology, represents the first comparative examination of Central Asian communal and political organisation before and after the tsarist conquest of the region. It covers Turkman, Kyrgyz, Kazakh and other tribal societies, analyses the patrimonial state structures of the Emirate of Bukhara and the Khanates of Khiva and Khokand, and discusses the impacts of the established tsarist civil military administration on communal and political orientations of the Muslim population.
Introduction 1. Tribal Communal Commitment 2. Residential Communal Commitment 3. Pre-tsarist Tribal Political Integration 4. Dynastic Rule in the River Oases: Between Tribalism and Patrimonialism 5. Tsarist Colonial Administration and their Impact on Communal Commitment 6. Tsarist Protectorates 7. Prospects
Paul Georg Geiss is a Research Fellow at the German Institute for Middle East Studies, Hamburg. He specialises in the social history and comparative politics of Central Asia.