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Greg Afinogenov: Russia in Central Asia, 25 April 2024

The Russian Conquest of Central Asia: A Study in Imperial Expansion, 1814-1914 
by Alexander Morrison.
Cambridge, 613 pp., £35.99, August 2022, 978 1 107 03030 5
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Iran at War: Interactions with the Modern World and the Struggle with Imperial Russia 
by Maziar Behrooz.
I.B. Tauris, 214 pp., £21.99, May 2023, 978 0 7556 3737 9
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... it was the leadership of the Russian officer corps, which had once triumphed over Napoleon? Maziar Behrooz’s Iran at War, which analyses the history of Qajar Iran’s long conflict with Russia a few decades before the conquest of Central Asia, suggests one possible answer. Behrooz describes an audience between ...

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