Land of The Great Silk Road

Land of The Great Silk Road

James Critchlow

ven before the official
breakup of the Soviet Union
in December 1991, Central
Asians began to reclaim
their history. In Alma-Ata,

capital of Kazakhstan, for example, civic leaders changed the name of one of their major thoroughfares from Gorky Street to Jibek Joly-Kazakh for what English speakers call the "Great Silk Road," the fabled trade route that ran through Central Asia in ancient times. The renaming was but one of countless syrn- bolic gestures in a process th...

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