Nechto eroticheskoe, courir après l'ombre?-logistical imperatives and the fall of Tashkent, 1859-1865

Alexander Morrison

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Abstract

This article explores the debates that preceded the Russian conquest of Tashkent in 1865. It argues that none of the explanations usually given for this-the men on the spot, cotton hunger, or the Great Game with Britain-is satisfactory. Instead, it shows that the War Ministry and the governors of Orenburg had advocated the capture of Tashkent from the late 1850s, and that General Cherniaev's assault in 1865 was at least tacitly authorized. The motives for the Russian advance combined the need for better supply chains to the steppe fortresses, a desire to anchor their new frontier in a region with a sedentary population, and concern for security from attacks by the Khoqand Khanate. Economic considerations and rivalry with Britain played very minor roles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages153-169
Number of pages17
Volume33
No.2
Specialist publicationCentral Asian Survey
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 3 2014

Keywords

  • Cherniaev
  • Khoqand
  • Miliutin
  • Omsk
  • Orenburg
  • Tashkent
  • imperialism
  • steppe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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