Czech Kyrgyz Expedition
The end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century was in the spirit of interesting scientific cooperation between Germany and Russia (Soviet Union).
Turkestan times Contrary to the prevailing opinion that archeology developed in Central Asia during the Soviet Empire, the first researchers (more ethnographic than archaeological) visited the eastern part of the Ferghana basin and southern Kyrgyzstan already at the end of the 19th century. At its end, the Ferghan basin became the subject of interest ofRead more about A brief history of Archaeology in Southern Kyrgyzstan[…]
The Department of Archeology, Faculty of Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen carries out research expedition in southern Kyrgyzstan (18th-28th October). In cooperation with natural scientists from the Czech Academy of Sciences, colleagues from the Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic, Osh State University and the National Historical and Archaeological Museum Complex Suleyman-TooRead more about Research Expedition in Southern Kyrgyzstan (Ak-Jar Site, 2021)[…]
The first contact between Central Europe and Kyrgyzstan (excluding ephemeral travelers) was the Interhelpo project – a communist project of enthusiasts who left Czechoslovakia in an effort to help the newly formed Soviet Union.
The national and historical paradigm of the humanities in the first and second half of the 20th century led to the search for civilizational issues, especially at the ethnic level, and historical events such as invasions and war cataclysms.
Stephen Graham was a British journalist and traveler writing for “The Times” and “Country life” spending his early adult years in Central Asia (“Turkestan”). From the bunch of works he published before and during the Great War three are most interesting from my point of view: A Vagabond in the Caucasus (1911), , Undiscovered RussiaRead more about Photos by Stephen Graham – Kyrgyzstan before the Great War[…]
In his famous book “Modern Times: A History of the World from the 1920s to the 1980s“, Paul Johnson made some interesting reflections on colonialism and the “white man’s burden”. He argues that a simple and cheap interpretation of colonialism as a tool for vacuuming resources from underdeveloped landscapes does not reflect reality – inRead more about Some reflections on colonialism – the case of Kyrgyzstan.[…]
In the middle of the urban agglomeration, in the heart of the green oasis of the Akh-Buura River, there is an archaeological fairy tale.
There are only a few topics, which are historians of Eastern countries attracted, especially the history and deployment of tractors in agricultural practice. The electrification of the country and the industrialization of agriculture were tangible (and perhaps the only successful) projects of the monstrous socio-economic engineering of Soviet tsarism. Not surprisingly, in many post-Soviet museums,Read more about A Short History of Tractors in Kyrgyzstan[…]