• Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Evidence of human settlement from at least 2200 BC is believed to be that of the Oxus civilization which extended across central Asia from Turkmenistan to Tajikistan. The region came under the influence of the first Persian Empire, centred on Persepolis, from around 550 BC when it was known as Sogdiana. Alexander the Great conquered Sogdiana and the ancient Greek kingdom of Bactria in 327 BC, marrying Roxane, daughter of a Sogdian chieftain.


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Further Reading

  1. Bohr, A. (ed.) Uzbekistan: Politics and Foreign Policy. 1987Google Scholar
  2. Kalter, J. and Pavaloi, M., Uzbekistan: Heir to the Silk Road. 1987Google Scholar
  3. Melvin, N. J., Uzbekistan: Transition to Authoritarianism on the Silk Road. 1987Google Scholar
  4. Yalcin, Resul, The Rebirth of Uzbekistan: Politics, Economy and Society in the Post-Soviet Era. 1987Google Scholar
  5. National Statistical Office: State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Statistics, Mustakillik Avenue 63, Tashkent 100077.Google Scholar

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