The Myth of “Tsentral’naia Aziia”

Meeting in Tashkent in January 1993, the presidents of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and the chairman of Tajikistan’s — parliament concluded their discussion of common concerns with what they saw to be a momentous declaration. The collective name of the region they shared would no longer be known by the Soviet-era term of “Sredniaia Aziia i Kazakhstan” (Middle Asia and Kazakhstan) but would now become “Tsentral’naia Aziia,” or Central Asia.

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