The 1916 uprisings in Jizzakh
Economic background and political rationales
in The Central Asian Revolt of 1916
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This chapter discusses the causes, character and rationale of the revolt, by shedding a new light on the specific case of the district (uezd) of Jizzakh, the site of the worst violence and repression in the sedentary areas of Turkestan. As this chapter demonstrates, imperial land policies and the development of cereal production, rather than the process of colonization by Russian settlers, were critical to the outburst of violence here in 1916. In this case study, determining which volost’ of the district of Jizzakh were rioting, and which were not, according to a compilation of data drawn from the archival documents published, allows us to come to the conclusion that only half of the volosts in the district saw rioting during the summer of 1916.

The Central Asian Revolt of 1916

A collapsing empire in the age of war and revolution

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