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Daniel Clarke Waugh
SISRE 490
Seattle Campus

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Class description

Note: this course is jointly listed under SISRE 490A/Euro 490B/SISRE 590A for Winter Quarter 2002. This description applies for all three listings. Topics include: Russian and Soviet conquest and colonial rule in Central Asia, the experience of Central Asians under those colonial regimes, the emergence of national identities both before and in the first years of independence. Some attention will be devoted to the theoretical literature about colonialism and nationalism. The chronological scope of the course is from the nineteenth century to the present.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Discussion (based on assigned readings and analytical essays students will write on those readings).

Recommended preparation

Upper division reading and writing skills; willingness to work hard. It would help prior to the beginning of the quarter to read Suny and Naimark,The Revenge of the Past, and begin Allworth, ed., Central Asia: 130 Years of Russian Dominance.

Class assignments and grading

Several analytical essays based on assigned readings. Possibly a book review. (Graduate students registered under SISRE 590 will also be expected to do a research paper.) Required books (not all of each one will necessarily be assigned): Allworth, ed., Central Asia: 130 Years of Russian Dominance; Brower and Lazzerini, eds., Russia's Orient; Smith, Nationalism and Modernism; Roy, The New Central Asia; Smith et al., Nation-building in the Post-Soviet Borderlands; Levin, The Hundred Thousand Fools of God. Recommended books: Martin, Affirmative Action Empire; Suny and Naimark, The Revenge of the Past. There probably will be a few articles required in addition to the material in these books.

Principally the written work, but part of grade also based on class participation.


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 Daniel Clarke Waugh
Date: 11/08/2001