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Today. Central Asia Physical environment Population & settlement Culture Geopolitical issues. Last Time. Historical development of Russia (and neighbors) geo-politically and industrially Historical development of Russian Empire USSR (1921 - 1989) Industrial development & its geography.

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today
Today
  • Central Asia
    • Physical environment
    • Population & settlement
    • Culture
    • Geopolitical issues
last time
Last Time
  • Historical development of Russia (and neighbors) geo-politically and industrially
    • Historical development of Russian Empire
    • USSR (1921 - 1989)
    • Industrial development & its geography
central asia defined
Central Asia: Defined
  • Once home to the powerful Mongol empire
  • Now site of emerging - little known states
    • The “stans”
      • Kazakhstan
      • Uzbekistan
      • Kyrgyzstan
      • Turkmenistan
      • Afghanistan
    • Azerbaijan
    • Mongolia
    • Western and Northern provinces of China
central asia physical environment
Central Asia: Physical Environment
  • Importance of aridity and semi-aridity
  • Continentality
  • Tectonic landscape
  • Mountain zones
  • Deserts
  • Basin and plains – steppes
central asia population settlement culture
Central Asia: Population, settlement, culture
  • Vast area more-or-less empty
  • Strongly circumscribed settlement
  • Ethnic/cultural/linguistic diversity
  • Religious diversity
central asia geopolitical issues
Central Asia: Geopolitical issues
  • History of political domination from Russia/USSR
  • History of political domination from China
  • Ethnic tensions
  • Afghanistan
  • Current issues
central asia contemporary development
Central Asia: Contemporary development
  • All states very poor
  • Breakup of USSR => economic collapse of ‘Stans
  • Afghanistan in chaos
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