Russian Turkestan

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Russian Turkestan

(Placename) See Turkestan
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(ˌtɜr kəˈstæn, -ˈstɑn)

a vast region in central Asia, from the Caspian Sea to the Gobi desert: includes the Xinjiang Uygur region in W China (Chinese Turkestan), a strip of N Afghanistan, and the area (Russian Turkestan) comprising the republics of Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
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(18) The economic theme is not very popular in current scholarship, but there are a few works worth noting: Ekaterina Pravilova, Finansy imperii: Den 'gi i vlast' v politike Rossii na natsional'nykh okrainakh (Moscow: Novoe izdatel'stvo, 2006); Pravilova, "The Property of Empire: Islamic Law and Russian Agrarian Policy in Transcaucasia and Turkestan," Kritika 12, 2 (2011): 353-86; Beatrice Penati, "The Cotton Boom and the Land Tax in Russian Turkestan (1880s-1915)," Kritika 14, 4 (2013): 105-25; and Beatrice Penati, "Adapting Russian Technologies of Power: On Administrative Documents for the History of Land-and-Water Reform in the Uzbek SSR (1924-1929)," Revolutionary Russia 25, 1 (2012): 187-217.
They focused on educating women and reformed Islamic marriage and divorce laws in order to regenerate the millat, or the "nation" of Islamic people in Russian Turkestan, the Central Asian lslamic region of the old Russian empire.
The author's own fascination with the nineteenth century British adventurers in "Russian Turkestan", officers, travellers and writers, colours everything.