By Dilip Hiro
Publish 12 months note: First released 2009
The former Soviet republics of significant Asia include a sprawling, politically pivotal, densely populated, and richly cultured quarter of the realm. during this complete new therapy, well known political author and historian Dilip Hiro locations the politics, peoples, and cultural history of this severe quarter firmly into the context of present overseas concentration.
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The Kazakh-Kyrgyz delegates kept out of the fray, and decided to establish Alash Orda (or Alash Group), a party named after the legendary ancestor of the Kazakh-Kyrgyz people, whose three sons founded the three Kazakh hordes (Small, Middle, and Great). Its main demand was that the Kazakh lands given to Slav colonizers be returned to their original owners. In contrast, the Islamic Council backed the slogans of Introduction / 33 “Land to the Landless” and “Expropriate Feudalists and Capitalists” raised by the Bolsheviks.
The delegates elected him as their representative in the Central Committee of the RCP. Overall, in the continuing civil war, as the Red Army—created and led by Leon Trotsky nationally and by General Mikhail V. Frunze regionally— began gaining the upper hand, various Muslim groups abandoned the White Guards and joined the Reds. By late 1918, many Uzbek, Tajik, KazakhKyrgyz, and Tatar units were fighting alongside Red Army contingents. B O L S H E V I K S WAY IN CENTRAL ASIA To tackle the nationality problem, Stalin created the Central Bureau of Muslim Organizations (CBMO) and put it in charge of the party organization in the Muslim areas of the RSFSR.
He ordered the abolition of the Kazakh Autonomous Region and put the Kazakh fighters under his command. This caused a split between Kazakhs nationalists and White Guards. The repeated assertions by Kolchak and other counterrevolutionary leaders that they would recreate the old Tsarist Empire alienated Russia’s Muslim citizens. Influential Muslim leaders, including Sultan Galiyev, allied with the Bolsheviks, since the latter had combined their promise of self-determination for all nationalities of the former empire with land to peasants and an end to the war.