Drawing Borders



According to the Soviet authorities, the main goal of the national delimitation was the establishment of (more) ethnically homogeneous political entities. However, nationality is a problematic category, and in earlier chapters, I have tried to demonstrate the way in which Central Asian communists themselves perceived nationality and national boundaries in Central Asia. However, that Central Asian communists perceived group boundaries in a particular way does not, of course, imply that their views impacted the formation of political borders in the delimitation. Therefore, I will now focus on the process of border making in greater detail, investigating the main question: when the issue of which republics and oblasts were to be established was settled, according to which criteria were the borders between the various entities drawn?


Central Authority Central Committee Soviet Regime Political Border Kazak Population 
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