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Post-Soviet Central Eurasia - JMM703
Anglický název: Post-Soviet Central Eurasia
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2017
Semestr: zimní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:kombinovaná
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 15 / 15 (15)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
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Garant: PhDr. Jan Šír, Ph.D.
PhDr. Václav Lídl
Vyučující: PhDr. Václav Lídl
PhDr. Jan Šír, Ph.D.
Neslučitelnost : JMM361
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Slavomír Horák, Ph.D. (13.09.2016)

The course seeks to give students a solid understanding of internal factors relating to Central Asian politics and society. Emphasis will be placed upon the interplay of formal and informal institutions, regime change, state- and nation-building processes, as well as on the impact of social and economic changes on Central Eurasian societies. Students will be able to comprehend key issues in Central Asian internal politics.
Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Slavomír Horák, Ph.D. (13.09.2016)


Introduction to Central Asia - Concepts, Geography, Demography, Society (Horák)

Korn, Michael: Central Asian Republics. Nations in Transition. Fact on File, New York, 2004, pp. 3-17, 64-82 (Chapters 1, 5, 6). (reader)

Clarke, Michael: The centrality of Central Asia in world history 1700-2008. From Pivot to Periphery and Back Again? China, Xinjiang and Central Asia. History, transition and crossborder interaction into 21st century (Mackerass, Colin - Clarke Michael, eds.). Routledge. London - New York, 2009, p. 21-54 (Jinonice Library).


Short presentation readings:

MacKinder, M.: Geographical Pivot of History. Geographical Journal, Dec2004, Vol. 170, Issue 4, p. 298-321 (reader).

Starr, F.: A Partnership for Central Asia. Foreign Affairs, July/August 2005.


Formal and informal power institutions in Central Asia I (Horák)

Sayarkulova, Mohira: Reluctant Sovereigns? Central Asian States' Path to Independence. In: Sovereignty After Empire. Comparing the Middle East and Central Asia. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2011, pp. 127-153 (Ebrary).

Gleason, G.: Foreign Policy and Domestic Reform in Central Asia. Central Asian Survey, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2001, pp. 167-182 (EBSCO)


Short presentation readings:

Horák, Slavomír: The Elite in Post-Soviet and Post-Niyazow Turkmenistan: Does Political Culture Form a Leader? Demokratizatsiya, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2012, pp. 371-385 (EBSCO).

Peyrouse, Sebastien: The Kazakh Neopatrimonial Regime: Balancing Uncertainities among the "Family", Oligarchs and Technocrats. Demokratizatsiya, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2012, pp. 345-370 (EBSCO).


Formal and informal power institutions in Central Asia II (Horák).

Short presentation readings:

Engvall, Johan: Flirting with the State Failure: Power and Politics in Kyrgyzstan since Independence. Central Asia-Caucasus Institute - Silk Road Studies Program, Washington - Stockholm, 2011, p. 12-101.

Stalled at the Doorstep of Modern Statehood: The Neopatrimonial Regime in Uzbekistan. In. Stable Outside Fragile Inside? : Post-Soviet Statehood in Central Asia (Kavalski, Emilian, ed.), Ashgate, Farnham, 2010 (Chapter 10). (Ebrary).


Ideology and State-Building in Central Asia (Horák).

Abashin, Sergei: Nation-construction in Central Asia. In: Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities (Bassin, Mark - Kelly, Catriona, eds.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, pp. 150-168 (Chapter 8). (Ebrary)

Matveeva, A.: Legitimising Central Asian Authoritarianism: Political Manipulation and Symbolic Power. Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 61, No. 7, September 2009, p. 1095-1121. (EBSCO)

Marat, Erica: National Ideology and State-Building in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Silk Road Paper, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute - Silk Road Studies Program, Washington - Stockholm, January 2008, pp. 15-29 and 71-83.


Short presentation readings:

March, Andrew: State ideology and the legitimization of authoritarianism: the case of post-Soviet Uzbekistan. Journal of Political Ideologies, Vol. 8, Issue 2, 2003, pp. 209-232 (EBSCO).

Denison, Michael: The Art of the Impossible: Political Symbolism, and the Creation of National Identity and Collective Memory in Post-Soviet Turkmenistan. Europe-Asia Studies, Vo. 61, No. 7, September 2009, p. 1167-1187 (EBSCO).

Lowe, R.: Nation-building and identity in the Kyrgyz Republic. In: Central Asia. Aspects of transition (Everet-Heath, T., ed.). Routledge-Curzon, London-New York, 2003, 106-131.

Schatz, Ed: What Capital Cities Say about State and Nation-Building. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics. Vol. 9, No. 4, 2003, p. 111-140 (EBSCO)

Marat, Erica. Imagined Past, Uncertain Future: The Creation of National Ideologies in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Problems of Post-Communism. Vol. 55, issue 1, 2008, pp. 12-24 (EBSCO).


Conflict potential in Central Asia. Osh 1990, 2010 conflicts case studies (Horák)

Grävingholt, J.: Crisis Potential and Crisis Prevention in Central Asia. Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, Bonn, 2004, pp. 65-88.


Short Presentation Readings:

Matveeva, Anna: Kyrgyzstan: tragedy in the South. Ethnopolitics Papers, No. 17, April 2012 (EBSCO). + Tishkov, Valeriy: Don’t Kill Me, I’m a Kyrgyz. An Anthropological Analysis of Violence in Osh Ethnic Conflict. Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 32, No. 2, 1995, pp. 133-149 (JSTOR, SaGE Political Sciences)


Regional Cooperation in Central Asia (Horák)

Rakhimov, Mirzokhid: Internal and External Dynamics of Regional Cooperation in Central Asia. Journal of Eurasian Studies, No. 1, 2010, pp. 95-101.

Qoraboyev, Ikboljon: From Central Asian regional integration to Eurasian Integration Space? Changing Dynamics of Post-Soviet Regionalism. Eurasian Integration Yearbook, 2010.


Short Presentation Readings:

Ambrosio, Thomas: Catching the ‘Shanghai Spirit’: How the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Promotes Authoritarian Norms in Central Asia. Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 60, Issue 8, 2008, pp. 1321-1344 (EBSCO). + Feng-Yung, Hu: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): Prospects and Problems in Russia-China Relations. Journalism and Mass Communication, Vol. 3, Issue 2 (February 2013), pp. 101-113.

Wang, Weiran: The Effects of Regional Integration in Central Asia. Emerging Markets Finance & Trade, Vol. 50, Supplement 2 (March-April 2014), pp. 219-232 (EBSCO) + G. Carneiro, Francisco: What Promises Does the Eurasian Customs Union Hold for the Future? The World Bank Economic Premise No. 108 (February 2013).


Economic and social transformation of Central Asia. Shock changes, implications for local economies and societies, "The constant crisis survival kit" (Horák)

Pomfret, R.: The Central Asian Economies Since Independence. Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2006, p. 1-22, 141-170.


Short presentation readings:

Ahrens, Joachim: Stark, Manuel: Economic Reform and Institutional Change in Central Asia: towards a new model of the development state. Private University of Applied Arts Research Papers, Göttingen, No. 5, 2012. (2 persons)

Šír, Jan: Turkmenistan. A Promised Land for Making Business? Macroeconomic Reforms under Berdymukhammedov. China Eurasia Forum Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 3, November 2010, p. 67-92.


Regime Transition models in Central Asia (Horák)

Sabol, Steven: Turkmenistan: Permanent Transition or Elusive Stability? China Eurasia Forum Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 3, November 2010, p. 5-26.

Isaacs, Rico: Charismatic Routinization and Problems of Post-Charisma Succession in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Studies of Transition States and Societies, Vol. 7 (2015), Issue 1, p. 58-76.

Uzbekistan 2016

Kyrgyzstán - revolutions in 2005, 2010

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Slavomír Horák, Ph.D. (13.09.2016)

  • 1 final interview (50%)

Final interview with each student (two students at the exam are also acceptable) based on the readings and in-class topics. Apart of thefactography, the ability to analyze practically some Central Asian topic 


  • 1-2 short presentations on particular cases (40%)

The short presentation will be based on additional reading assignments marked "Short presentation readings". The presenter will be asked to make a short outline (15-20 mins max) of the reading assignment. Analytical approach instead of simple reproducing of the text is expected. The position paper (about 700 to 900 words) have to follow the short presentation for the particular class.


  • Activity in the class (10%)

This part evaluates the activity of students in the classes. In case of substantial absence in the classes this percentage could be completely erased for particular student. 

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Slavomír Horák, Ph.D. (07.10.2016)

Structure of the Course

October 6. Introductory seminar

October 13. Introduction to Central Asia - Concepts, Geography, Demography, Society

October 20: History of Central Asia. Application for contemporary historiography.

October 27. Formal and informal power institutions in Central Asia

November 3: NO CLASS. Conference abroad

November 10. Ideology and State-Building in Central Asia

November 17. Screening of the film "In the Shadow of the Holy Book"

November 24. Conflict potential in Central Asia - Osh 1990, 2010 conflicts case studies

December 1. Regional Cooperation in Central Asia. Why integration is not the issue in Central Asia?  (short presentation Jakub Mareš)

December 8. Natural Resources in Central Asia. 

December 15. Economic and social transformation of Central Asia. The Soviet Past versus Grey Present. 

December 22. Regime Transition models in Central Asia - Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan

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