The Bukharan Crisis

A Connected History of 18th Century Central Asia

A concise, rigorous, synthetic intervention that crystalizes key insights from an established career of research within the context of larger issues in the field. . . . [It is] one of the very few works to put recent research from Central Asian studies in dialogue with scholarship on world history, from maritime trade and climate change, to technology and orientalism. . . . The readership for this work will be justifiably broad. Non-specialists will find the best work coming out of Central Asia translated into an accessible framework. Central Asianists will be challenged to reengage established research in new ways.
Oxus Society

In the first half of the eighteenth century, Central Asia’s Bukharan Khanate descended into a crisis from which it would not recover. Bukharans suffered failed harvests and famine, a severe fiscal downturn, invasions from the north and the south, rebellion, and then revolution. To date, efforts to identify the cause of this crisis have focused on the assumption that the region became isolated from early modern globalizing trends. The Bukharan Crisis exposes that explanation as a flawed relic of early Orientalist scholarship on the region.

In its place, Scott Levi identifies multiple causal factors that underpinned the Bukharan crisis. Some of these were interrelated and some independent, some unfolded over long periods while others shocked the region more abruptly, but they all converged in the early eighteenth century to the detriment of the Bukharan Khanate and those dependent upon it. Levi applies an integrative framework of analysis that repositions Central Asia in recent scholarship on multiple themes in early modern Eurasian and world history

192 Pages

May, 2020

isbn : 9780822945970

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Scott Levi

Scott C. Levi is professor of Central Asian history at The Ohio State University.

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