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Ali F Igmen
HIST 498
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in History

Each seminar examines a different subject or problem. A quarterly list of the seminars and their instructors is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.

Class description


This senior history seminar examines twentieth century Central Asian history. The purpose of this seminar is to analyze the cultural and social impact of Stalinism in the region and on its people. It examines the expansion of the Bolshevik and Stalinist ideology into Central Asia. The readings include the secondary literature written mostly by scholars outside of Central Asia and some Central Asian primary sources. Although the focus of the course is the social and cultural history of the region, most of the required books provide a political history. The articles in the course package will help us understand the politics of social and cultural change in Central Asia. Given the time constraints of a quarter, the “region” is limited to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Xinjiang of China. Our main goal is to learn about the ways in which the peoples of Central Asia forged their “Soviet” identities through cooperation, resistance and rebellion. We will address such specific topics as ethnic and national identity versus regional and local identity; sedentary life styles versus nomadism; traditional Islam versus Sufism; central socialist ideology versus localized socialism; and Soviet cultural establishment versus local cultural traditions.

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Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Class assignments and grading will be outlined in the course syllabus.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Moran Tompkins
Date: 10/25/2004