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08 July 2013 @ 03:15 pm
I am reading Inside Central Asia by Dilip Hiro in advance of my holiday. It’s an introductory political history of the region* since about 1800, and manages to convey its complex and potentially rather dry subject matter in a very readable manner. With the occasional exception:

Following the Tsarist practice of calling Kazakhs Kyrgyzes, and Kyrgyzes Kara- Kyrgyzes, the Soviet authorities named the Kyrgyz-majority areas of Turkistan the Kara-Kyrgyz Autonomous Province (later the Kyrgyz Autonomous Province, subsequently renamed Kyrgyz ASSR in February 1926), and retained it within the RSFSR.

*Plus Turkey, Russia and Iran, as relevant powers.