The exemption of peoples of Turkestan from universal military service as an antecedent to the 1916 revolt
in The Central Asian Revolt of 1916
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This chapter seeks to answer the question of how the decision about labour conscription of the native Muslim population was made. By examining the debates within the Imperial Government on the possibility of military conscription of the native men, this chapter argues that the decision in 1916 to conscript Turkestan’s native population for labour brigades did not arise out of the previously discussed scenarios for the performance by this population of one of the basic state duties. Instead, the decision was made in response to the pressing economic needs of the empire, without considering expert opinion and the possible consequences.

The Central Asian Revolt of 1916

A collapsing empire in the age of war and revolution

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