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Foxing to endpapers and page edges. Jacket chipped and rubbed, protected now in a new mylar cover. A look back at a hundred years of Russian-style civilization superimposed on traditional Central Asian culture. This work examines the distinctive nationalities, their ethnic origins and languages; attempts at modern methods of agricylture and industrialization; the political history under the czars and Soviet leaders; and the modernization of Central Asian literature, drama, music, architecture, and art. Sixteen chapters from six different authors; 552 pages, illustrated, with glossary, index, and acknowledgements.