Posted by: Christian | August 5, 2009

Anatomy of the Civil War in Tajikistan

Subtle book cover, no?

Civil War Tajikistan

Bushkov and Mikul’skii put the time and effort into producing a nuanced and in-depth analysis of the Civil War in Tajikistan… but then the cover designer decides to go Manichean with the design. And he messed up the title as well. The title is Anatomy of the Civil War in Tajikistan, whereas he wrote “History” in the place of  “Anatomy.”

The book is published by Akademiya Nauk, and the authors are academics, so the book is likely solid (based on what of Bushkov’s work I have read and recommendations of a Russian professor). But it was published in 1996 and they used what appears to be recycled toilet paper and tiny type that is barely legible. Oh, well.

It’s in the scanner, so if you can read rooskie yazeek and you want a huge Russian OCR’d PDF, let me know.

UPDATE: I was in a bookshop in Dushanbe (more like a hole in the wall) and found a book titled the exact same as the incorrect cover. But it’s about a different era. You can see the details on Worldcat.


  1. I love how you’ve turned into this hub of rampant academic disregard for any vestiges of copyright.

    I actually mean that: I love it. You’ve been a huge help in getting my filthy paws on some hard to find stuff.

  2. Dare you hint that I infringe copyright? I merely share research resources with my colleagues.

  3. I was just in Tajikistan this summer and wouldn’t mind if you sent a copy my way. alan(dot) Thanks!

  4. Я бы тоже очень хотел ее прочитать! Спасибо большое!


  5. I’d like to read it too, please.

  6. Shoot it my way too please: zedocaixao _at_ inbox _._ com

  7. Hi,
    One for me too please if you can
    Many thanks

  8. Will upload file this weekend and send a link.

    Just a warning, all comments in Russian or containing .ru go straight to spam. Sorry. I’ll try to fish them out if I notice them among the pile of spam.

  9. A copy to would be appreciated!

  10. One for me too, please…
    Been looking for this…Thanks!

  11. A copy for me as well, please. Thanks.

  12. A copy would be very appreciated!

  13. This is a very interesting website!
    keep up the good job
    could you also sent one pdf copy to fill.slava At
    thank you very much

  14. I’d like to read it too, please.

  15. I think this book will be so helpful for me because I am working on my paper which has a link with Civil war in Tajikistan. Could you please kindly send me to this e-mail:

    Thank you very much

  16. hey Christian! if u could send a copy to me, will be greatly appreciated! thanks for your awesome blog!

  17. Why are they always in languages that I could never hope to understand?


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