Foundations of Change
by R. D. McChesney
About the Book:
Since the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan in 1989 and the subsequent break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, Central Asia has been undergoing considerable political, social, and economic change. In a Leon B. Poullada Memorial Lecture delivered at Princeton University in 1993, R. D. McChesney examined the historical roots of a number of the issues confronting the region today. Here, in a revised version of the lectures, he presents some of Central Asia's enduring realities and the institutions that have been found to best address them. There are four overlapping contexts: geographical/spatial, economic, social, and political. He discusses the way in which problems and issues within these four contexts have been perceived and articulated and how different, particularly "Central Asian," ways of coping with those issues have evolved.
A Region in Transition
Society and Community
Law, Leadership, and Legitimacy
About the Author:
R. D. McChesney is a professor of Central Asian and Iranian History at New York University. He is the author of Waqf in Central Asia: Four Hundred Years in the History of a Muslim Shrine (1991) and many book chapters, journal articles, and contributions to the Encyclopaedia of Islam; Encyclopaedia Iranica; and the Dictionary of Art.
McChesney's analysis would be welcome for its clarity and readability alone. It is doubly important, however, in that it is utterly unlike any of the many recent "introductions" to Central Asia: it asks different questions, uses different sources, and addresses issues that are not only neglected in those other works, but often seem entirely unknown to their authors. Central Asia will serve as a serious and substantive counterweight to the superficial analysis that prevails in publications by the instant experts, and as such it should be required reading for those in government, business, or the general public seriously interested in the region.
Publication date: 1996
Illustrations; color plates; glossary; Bibliography; Index
Size: 6 x 9 (15.2 x 22.9 cm); xix, 204 pages
CIP L.C. 96-42976
ISBN 978-0-87850-077-2 $35.00 (Out of stock indefinitely)