Kolonialisierte Lebenswelten. Zentralasiens Nomaden als frontier-Gesellschaft des Zarenreichs

Happel, Jörn. (2011) Kolonialisierte Lebenswelten. Zentralasiens Nomaden als frontier-Gesellschaft des Zarenreichs. Asiatische Studien, 65 (3). pp. 661-694.

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The nomads of Central Asia initially neither knew nor took of the new borders erected by the Russian conquerors. They continued to move along their traditional trails. However, the number of Russia colonist families settling in Central Asia increased steadily and, finally, dramatically around 1900: Their farms and fields progressively limited the nomads’ mobility. Moreover, the colonial Tsarist power’s achievements of European modernity changed life in Central Asia: the railroad, the telegraph, the military and economic penetration of the region turned it into the periphery of a vast Russian empire, a periphery perceived as backward in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Although Central Asians benefited from the innovations of the colonial power, we can see a gradual colonization of their lifeworlds (Lebenswelten) at the beginning of the 20th century. This process of colonization and the resistance against it can be described through an analysis of the frontier in nomadic lifeworlds.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Geschichte > Ehemalige Einheiten Geschichte > Osteuropäische und neuere Geschichte (Haumann)
UniBasel Contributors:Happel, Jörn
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Peter Lang
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:15 Nov 2021 11:18
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