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What's an Uzbekistan?

December 18th 2009
Central Asia is a big blank for most people, and was for me too until I came here. A few years ago I one day looked at a map and thought to myself rather literally, "What on earth is that?" And in that "that", no country emphasised this blank like Uzbekistan. The mere name connotes nothingness! Even just weeks before I left home my friend pointed at Uzbekistan's capital "Tashkent" on a map we were ... read more
Asia » Uzbekistan

Uzbekistani Flag Russia conquered Uzbekistan in the late 19th century. Stiff resistance to the Red Army after World War I was eventually suppressed and a socialist republic set up in 1924. During the Soviet era, intensive production of "white gold" (cotton) and grain... ... read more
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