After the redevelopment of Tashkent was completed, Tashkent had hosted numerous international gatherings, serving as the showplace for visitors from Africa and Asia and a window for the third countries enjoying the joyful and quality life provided by the Soviet …

Tashkent Earthquake 1966: Redevelopment with soviet ideology/Tashkent out of the limelight : after the Soviet enthusiasm Read more »

  Source: А.И. Банке, Ю.П. Пурецкий, А.В. Стазаева, А.В. Якушев. “Генеральный план развития Ташкента” [General Development Plan of Tashkent]. Издательство ЦК КП Узбекистана [Publishing House of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Uzbekistan]. Tashkent. 1967.

  Well documented book from the State Committee of Civil Engineering and Architecture of the USSR State Construction Committee. Many options of plans for the city reconstructions were developed by Tashkent Institute Team, in weeks after the 1966 earthquake (fig.2). …

Model, Drawing and Photograph of Tashkent after reconstruction of 1966 earthquake Read more »

With Uzbek’s declaration of independence from the Soviets on 31 August of 1991, Uzbek finally unravelled from Soviet multinationalism. The declaration came after the collapse of Communist Party against the pro-democracy demonstrators in Moscow. The most visible expression of the …

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The public landscape of Tashkent has been taken over by the USSR for soviet nationalism. After the 1966 5.1 Richter scale Earthquake, Tashkent had to go through renewal of city planning. Masterplan of new Tashkent was developed by several Soviet …

Moment II: Tashkent, The model Soviet city in Asia: focal point of Asian socialism. Read more »

Following the previous entry, the vernacular ideologies and Uzbek communities was going through an alteration process after Stalin’s death in 1953. Spiritual leadership was allowed a degree of freedom for better administration of Uzbek citizens [1] and to release the …

4. The Asian city, on Islam culture, Bazaar and its origin Read more »

Although the article focuses on the political climate and control after the independence of Uzbekistan, it shows that even in the post-USSR era, there is a continued discrepancy between political expectations imposed by the party and how Uzbekistanis perceived and …

On state paternalism and paranoia in Uzbekistan / Hierarchies of Place, Hierarchies of Empowerment: Geographies of Talk about Postsocialist Change in Uzbekistan, Morgan Y. Liu (2005) Read more »

Rather than a respect to the indigenous people, it was out of  their neglectance and inability to completely govern Tashkent that Russia did not immediately devour the Asian city. Although the central Asia countries being conquered at the time, Bukhara, …

2. Dual and unequal: Expanding the Russian city in expense of the Asian city Read more »

Documentation of reconstruction efforts after the earthquake in Tashkent was particularly rigorous, especially when the Party thought that it was an opportune incident to showcase the city’s progression towards modernity through renewal. Moreover, Soviet President and Party Leader Leonid Brezhnev …

Reconstruction efforts after the earthquake / Photos (1966-1967) Read more »

Boasting an impressive bibliography, Tashkent: Forging a Soviet City cites a wide range of sources from Stroitel’stvo i arkhitektura Uzbekistana (Construction and Architecture of Uzbekistan), Arkhitektura SSSR (Architecture of the USSR), multiple Russian State Archives and a plethora of secondary sources. Thus, it provides a multitude …

On nuances of urban transformation / Tashkent: Forging a Soviet City, Paul Stronski (2010) Read more »

The Tashkent Earthquake of 1966: The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Natural Tragedy, was written by Nigel Raab, an Associate Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University, who also wrote All Shook Up: The Shifting Soviet Response to Catastrophes, 1917-1991. …

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Генеральный план развития Ташкента, or General Development Plan of Tashkent, was developed by Tashkent Institute team and approved by the resolution of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Uzbekistan and the Council of Ministers of the Uzbek SSR, …

Генеральный план развития Ташкента [General Development Plan of Tashkent] Read more »

1966 Earthquake in Tashkent, measured 5.1 on the Richter scale with an epicentre located in the city centre, as shown in figure 1. This disaster destroyed over 35,000 traditional vernacular housings education institutes and housings were shattered, that the Soviet …

General Plan of Tashkent in 1966 and Map of Tashkent in 1976 Read more »

“If nations do indeed constitute ‘imagined political communities’, then the monuments and ensembles of the official public landscape open a vital window onto the articulation and legitimation of hegemonic narratives of nationhood.” (Bell, James. “Redefining national identity in Uzbekistan: Symbolic …

Public Landscape of Tashkent and reconstitution of contemporary Uzbek national identity Read more »

This article is written by American visitor Holland Roberts, who also happened to be the then President of the American Russian Institute in San Francisco. The article is published in the journal New World Review, a Communist Party USA publication that promotes …

Soviet perception on Old Tashkent in Western discourse / Tamerlane’s Uzbekistan Today, Holland Roberts (1959) Read more »

Published in 1887, 22 years after Russia absorbed Tashkent, the book is a travel journal of Henry Lansdell. A Church of England clergyman Lansdel undertook two journeys in 1879 and 1882 to Serbia and Russian Central Asia. He travelled to …

First impressions on Old Tashkent from the West / Through Central Asia, Henry Lansdell (1887) Read more »

The Party made several drastic changes to the urban landscape of the ancient city after the earthquake. However, local resistance or mass opposition towards the post-earthquake changes was poorly documented, even though attitudes paralleled trends in Moscow. The chapter cited …

Rise of conservationism in Russia / The Faces of Contemporary Russian Nationalism, John B. Dunlop (1983) Read more »

For the Soviet government, the 1966 earthquake opened a window to re-plan the Tashkent City. The focus of the new Tashkent City was put heavily on rebuilding residential units, schools, hospitals and the universities. As mentioned in previous entry, apartment …

Reshaping the city-scape: Buildings in Tashkent after 1966 Earthquake Read more »