Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

A checkpoint at the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. (Photo: Asian Development Bank)

Few parts of the world are the subject of as much sustained journalistic ignorance as Central Asia.

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Alexander Morrison is Professor of History at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan. He is the author of Russian Rule in Samarkand 1868 - 1910. A Comparison with British India (Oxford, 2008) and is currently writing a history of the Russian conquest of Central Asia. Morrison’s web page can be found at: https://nu-kz.academia.edu/AlexanderMorrison The views expressed in this commentary are Morrison’s own and do not necessarily represent the position of Nazarbayev University.

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

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