Between Loss of Power and Market Integration: Central Asian nomads in colonial times

Project D5 in the Collaborative Research Centre “Difference and Integration” (SFB 586), supported by the German Research Foundation.

Duration: 15.07.2008 – 14.07.2012

Heads of the project:
Jürgen Paul (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg)
Günther Schlee (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)

Responsible researcher:
Wolfgang Holzwarth

The research project (D5) was concerned with nomadic-sedentary interaction in the Russian protectorate of Bukhara and in the formerly Bukharan province of Samarkand, which had come under direct Russian rule in 1868. The project continued the investigation that started with the previous project (B2) on the relations between the state and tribal groups, addressing in particular the political and military role played by Uzbek tribes in Central Asia. Focusing on the colonial period, the present project considers a historical constellation in which the political balance of power between the state and the Uzbek tribes had – in comparison with the 16th and 18th centuries – shifted decidedly in favour of the central power.

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