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Author Mould, David H., author

Title Postcards from Stanland : journeys in Central Asia / David H. Mould
Published Athens : Ohio University Press, [2016]


Description 1 online resource
Contents Illustrations; Preface; 1: Travels in "Kyrzakhstan"; 2: Sacred Mountain and Silly Borders; 3: How Do You Say "Rump Roast"?; 4: Kasha, Honor, Dignity, and Revolution; 5: On and Off the Silk Road; 6: To Be a Kazakh Is to Be "Brave and Free"; 7: Father of Apples; 8: The President's Dream City; 9: Coal and Steel; 10: No Polygon, No Problem; 11: Wheat and Oil; 12: The Seven Lessons of Stanland; Notes; Glossary and Acronyms; Acknowledgments; Index
Summary "Central Asia has long stood at the crossroads of history. It was the staging ground for the armies of the Mongol Empire, for the nineteenth-century struggle between the Russian and British empires, and for the NATO campaign in Afghanistan. Today, multinationals and nations compete for the oil and gas reserves of the Caspian Sea and for control of the pipelines. Yet 'Stanland' is still, to many, a terra incognita, a geographical blank. Beginning in the mid-1990s, academic and journalist David Mould's career took him to the region on Fulbright Fellowships and contracts as a media trainer and consultant for UNESCO and USAID, among others. In Postcards from Stanland, he takes readers along with him on his encounters with the people, landscapes, and customs of the diverse countries--Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan--he came to love. He talks with teachers, students, politicians, environmental activists, bloggers, cab drivers, merchants, Peace Corps volunteers, and more. Until now, few books for a nonspecialist readership have been written on the region, and while Mould brings his own considerable expertise to bear on his account--for example, he is one of the few scholars to have conducted research on post-Soviet media in the region--the book is above all a tapestry of place and a valuable contribution to our understanding of the post-Soviet world"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Mould, David H. -- Travel -- Asia, Central
Mould, David H. (David Harley), 1949- fast (OCoLC)fst01945564
Subject Post-communism -- Social aspects -- Asia, Central
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Media Studies.
HISTORY -- Asia -- Central Asia.
HISTORY -- Asia -- General.
Manners and customs.
Post-communism -- Social aspects.
Social conditions.
SUBJECT Asia, Central -- Description and travel
Kazakhstan -- Description and travel
Kyrgyzstan -- Description and travel
Tajikistan -- Description and travel
Uzbekistan -- Description and travel
Asia, Central -- Social life and customs
Asia, Central -- Social conditions.
Subject Central Asia.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780821445372