Among the Steppes

A Societal Study of the Soviet Past in Kyrgyzstan

Authors

  • Whitney Spake

Abstract

“Among the Steppes: A Societal Study of the Soviet Past in Kyrgyzstan” is an analysis of the remnants of the Soviet Union in modern Kyrgyzstan. The essay examines non-textual evidence of the Soviet legacy such as monuments, celebrations, public imagery, road names, and interviews. The evidence of the legacy is used in the argument that the memory of the Soviet Union remains due to the current Russian influence, but could change due to the growing Chinese influence. The second part of the essay examines the current Russo-Kyrgyz and Sino-Kyrgyz relationships including how the Kyrgyz benefit off both major regional powers. It is due to this, that the memory of the Soviet Union still has a strong presence in Kyrgyz society.

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Published

2021-09-01