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  •  One of the 'Stans I haven't visited... (2+ / 0-)
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    WI Deadhead, sberel

    ...mostly because, to be honest, it just seemed as if it wasn't worth the effort.  Plenty of great things to do in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan (respectively my preferred destinations).  

    And although all of this information provided is accurate and interesting, I would argue that it's mostly irrelevant.  Natural gas, natural gas, natural gas.  This diary could've stopped at that.  Okay, maybe a whole lot more on the influence of the Soviet period.  Historical materialism, scientific realism, and Marxist-Leninism have far more of an influence on contemporaries' mindsets than the Seljuk conquests.  Keep in mind that any of the historical facts herein should be taken with the requisite grain of salt prudent in a colonialist's description of a pre-modern culture...hordes were the organizational norm rather than nations, etc.

    One of my favorite bits written in the last couple of years was the Turkmeniscam investigations found first in Harpers, and then expanded into book form.  Essentially, the cynical denizens of modern-day Rome will willingly whore themselves out to countries largely unknown...

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