Creation of the Ethnic Republics Visual Essays

Faces and Personalities of Soviet Central Asia

Creation of independent ethnic republics in Central Asia and the Transcaucasus, and an increasing acceptance of Russian national traditions, led to a celebration of national “types” in the later 1930s. These traditions, many of them based in Islamic folkways under attack by the atheist state, were in fact dying out at the time.

Faces and Personalities of Soviet Central Asia

Scenes from Soviet Tashkent

Alongside the celebration of seemingly timeless national traditions, Soviet photographers tracked down evidence of cultural change in Central Asia. Nowhere were changing social patterns more evident than in the Uzbek capital Tashkent, in many ways a relatively modern city.

Scenes from Soviet Tashkent

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