The Fergana Valley Under Stalin, 1929-1953

The so-called Stalin years were a pivotal period in the development of Soviet Central Asia in general and the Fergana Valley in particular. This was a time when the USSR gained international recognition and when, by the second half of the 1920’s, the internal struggle against the basmachi in Central Asia was concluded. A small number of nationalist émigrés from Turkestan settled in Turkey in the mid-1920s, just at the time when Turkey was strengthening its relations with the USSR. Apart from running a rudimentary underground network of supporters in the Soviet Union, these Pan-Turkists did not further influence developments in Central Asia. The national delineation of internal borders in Central Asia and the opportunity to carry out creative work in the resulting national entities drew many former Jadids to the side of the Soviet government. On the whole, the government and its major opponents in Central Asia, including bellicose religious radicals and supporters of the basmachis, as well as restive idealistic reformers like the Jadids, achieved a modus vivendi… (read in pdf Chapter 6_The Fergana Valley under Stalin 1929-1953_Abdullaev_second editting completed)

“The Ferghana Valley Under Stalin, 1929-1953”, with Ravshan Nazarov. Ferghana Valley: The Heart of Central Asia Edited by: S. Frederick Starr. M. E. Sharpe, Inc., Armonk, New York, 2011. Pp. 119-140.