seminal introduction to the rise of Central Asia following the collapse of Tsarist Russia, this book has been out of print for two decades and is now more relevent than ever. The Resurgence of Central Asia is Ahmed Rashid's seminal study of the new states Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan—that emerged in the aftermath of the breakup of the Soviet Union. All have Muslim majorities and ancient histories but are otherwise very different. Rashid's book, now with a new introduction examining some of the crucial political developments since its first publication in 1994, provides entrée to this little-known but geopolitically increasingly important region. Rashid gives a history of each country, including its incorporation into Tsarist Russia to the present day, and provides basic socioeconomic information and explains the diverse political situations. He focuses primarily on the underlying issues confronting these societies: the legacy of Soviet rule, ethnic tensions, the position of women, the future of Islam, the question of nuclear proliferation, and the fundamental choices over economic strategy, political system, and external orientation which lie ahead.