The Birth of Tajikistan: National Identity and the Origins of the Republic

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Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. By the khanates had been transformed into People's Republics. In , Stalin re-drew the frontiers of the region on ethno-linguistic lines creating, amongst other statelets, the Soviet Socialist Republic of Uzbekistan - the land of the Uzbeks.

But the Turkic Uzbeks were not the only significant ethnic group within the new Uzbekistan's frontiers. The Persian-speaking Tajiks formed a considerable part of the population. This book describes how, often in the teeth of Uzbek opposition, the Tajiks gained, first an autonomous oblast administrative region within Uzbekistan, then an autonomous republic, and finally, in , the status of a full Soviet Union Republic. Once the Tajiks had been granted a territory of their own, they began to strive for a national identity and to create national pride.

Their new government had not only to survive the civil war that followed the revolution but then to build an entirely new country in an immensely inhospitable terrain.

Tajikistan–Uzbekistan border

New frontiers had to be wrested from neighbours, and a new cultural identity, 'national in form but socialist in content', had to be created, which was to be an example to other Persian speakers in the region. Paul Bergne has produced the first documentation of how the idea of a Tajik state came into being and offers a vivid history of the birth of a nation.

Pan-Turkism and the revolutionary idea. Administrative problems.

The Birth of Tajikistan: National Identity and the Origins of the Republic by Paul Bergne

The rebuilding of Tajikistan. The position of Mountainous Badakhshan and the link to the Aga Khan. Tajik arguments over identity and the territorial issue.


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Add to Wishlist. The Persian-speaking Tajiks formed a considerable part of the population. This book describes how, often in the teeth of Uzbek opposition, the Tajiks gained, first an autonomous oblast administrative region within Uzbekistan, then an autonomous republic, and finally, in , the status of a full Soviet Union Republic.

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Once the Tajiks had been granted a territory of their own, their new government had not only to survive the civil war that followed the revolution but then to build an entirely new country in an immensely inhospitable terrain. The Birth of Tajikistan is the first documentation of how the idea of a Tajik state came into being and offers a vivid history of the birth of a nation. This book describes how, often in the teeth of Uzbek opposition, the Tajiks gained, first an autonomous oblast within Uzbekistan, then an autonomous republic, and finally, in , the status of a full Soviet Union Republic.

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Once the Tajiks had acquired their own republic, they began to acquire a national identity and national pride. The new government had not only to survive the civil war that followed the revolution but then to build an entirely new country in an immensely inhospitable terrain. New frontiers had to be wrested from neighbours, and a new cultural identity, "national in form but socialist in content", had to be created.