Central Asia

Contexts for Understanding

At this time, when an assessment of the situation in Central Asia, broadly defined, is so vitally needed, this volume brings together detailed and specific reports on its various localities by respected experts from many disciplines to produce a work of critical importance for anyone interested in this strategic region and in fact in world affairs generally.
Robert L. Canfield, professor emeritus at Washington University, St. Louis

Central Asia is a diverse and complex region of the world often characterized in the West as exotic, remote, and difficult to understand. Central Asia: Contexts for Understanding offers the most comprehensive introduction to the region available for students and general readers alike. Combining thematic chapters with detailed case studies, readers will learn to appreciate the richly interconnected aspects of life in Central Asia. These wide-ranging, easy-to-understand contributions from many of the leading scholars in the field provide the context needed to understand Central Asia and presents a launching point for further reading and research.

728 Pages, 7 x 10 in.

January, 2022

isbn : 9780822946786

about the editor

David W. Montgomery

David W. Montgomery is research professor in the Department of Government and Politics and the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland and director of program development for CEDAR—Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion. His books include Practicing Islam: Knowledge, Experience, and Social Navigation in Kyrgyzstan; Living with Difference: How to Build Community in a Divided World; and Everyday Life in the Balkans.

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