Focusing on the development of economic exchanges between Tashkent and Russia in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the author of this synthetic article based on secondary material discusses the idea still recently widespread of an overall decay of craftsmanship in Central Asia in the aftermath of the establishment of Russian dominance. The lack of comparative statistical material and the exclusive reliance of a narrow selection of narrative sources strongly contribute towards weakening the strength of this argumentation.

The Redaction
CER: II-3.4.B-247