Central Asia - Jane Murchison Geography 120 Central Asia...

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Jane Murchison October 31, 2006 Geography 120 Central Asia Fall of the Soviet Union, and creation of a region - suddenly a place with identity/interest - still increasing in elevation at dramatic rates - interlocking mountainous enter core - sparsely populated over much of that area Why include so much of the People’s Republic of China—two answers - the text includes part of china because characterized by rugged, isolated environment - authors argue for independent Tibet but reality is Tibet is part of China Pamir Knot, and the Top of the World - Russia tries to make it part of their empire - Mountain ranges meet here - Region very arid and high elevation Part of the Dry World - Over all region extremely dry - Strong Turkish component Ethnic Diversity, and Outside Intervention - Turkestan: region that others have tried to claim o Language and culture influenced Turkey o Now Turkey trying to est. more influence - Outside power, seeing opportunity in this very isolated region -
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