The author shortly deals with the progresses of modern nationalism in the 1900s-10s, and with the latter’s impact upon the gradual escheat of Persian-Turkic bilingualism in the learned milieus of Transoxiana.  His astute observations on the limits of the power of the Soviet state (see also, on this important aspect of current research in contemporary history of Central Asia: Abstracta Iranica 25 (2002), 96-7) drive him to interesting and encouraging findings on the preservation, in Uzbekistan in particular, of an autonomous tradition of bilingualism.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-3.4.D-327