Central Asia

Chapter 16- Section 3


Consist of 5 different independent republics: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Travelers first began to make their way across the region in large numbers around 100 B.C. Many of then joined caravans making the 4,000-mile journey between China and the Mediterranean Sea.
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Important People

Lord Lytton- proposed that a rival British mission, should be sent to Kabul and it was agreed in London.

Lord Curzon- helped the british take control of Central Asia.

Sher Ali- declared a holy war against the British.


This region has a Federal Republic government.
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Until the late 1980s, the soviet nuclear industry was the economic mainstay. This eventually brought problems such as, above ground explosions and under ground explosions which caused cracks in buildings up to 50 miles away. More hopeful is the potential for oil to bring wealth to Central Asia.


Islam is the religion most common in the Central Asian Republics Most people speak languages related to Turkish , many also speak Russian (once the regions official language).

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Historical events

SILK ROAD- After buying silk, traders went from Tyre to Luoyang on horses and camels carrying goods suck as silk, gold, silver, ivory, jade, wine, amber, linen, porcelain, grapes, perfumes even ostriches.

GREAT GAME- Interest in Asia in the 19th century exploded when Great Britain and the Russian Empire began to struggle for control of the region. This struggle between the two empires was called The Great Game. RE had won control of Central Asia. in the 1920s the Soviet Union took control until 1991. Since the Collapse of the SU, Central Asian Republics have been independent.

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