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Histories of Central Asia: An SSRC Web Resource for Teaching


Shoshana Keller

Hamilton College
About Shoshana
Shoshana Keller is Associate Professor of Russian and Eurasian History at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York. She is the author of To Moscow, Not Mecc: The Soviet Campaign Against Islam in Central Asia (Praeger, 2001) as well as scholarly articles including “Story, Time and Dependent Nationhood in the Uzbeck History Curriculum” which appeared in Slavic Review in 2007. She is one of the chief contributors to Histories of Central Asia, an on-line teaching resource tool that was funded by a grant from the Social Science Research Council, about which she writes for this issue.
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In April 2009 the Eurasia Program of the Social Science Research Council will launch a website to help instructors who would like to include material about Central Asia in their classes. “On-line Histories of Central Asia” [] contains three sections: “The Built Environment” by Robert McChesney (New York University, emeritus), “Changes in Identity” by Shoshana Keller (Hamilton College), and “Islamic Cultural Movements” by Adeeb Khalid (Carleton College). Each section has embedded within it links to outside sites, images, and maps, and includes bibliographic resources. Teachers and students of Asian societies, and teachers of world history, Asian history, and Islamic history, are invited to use this site as a basis for lectures, discussions, classroom exercises, and research assistance.
How to Cite: Keller, S., 2009. Histories of Central Asia: An SSRC Web Resource for Teaching. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, 16(2), pp.43–52. DOI:
Published on 01 Apr 2009.
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