As usually in the historiography of Soviet Central Asia as it has been practised in this region during the last two decades, a strategic issue (the centralisation of initiative in cotton production) has been tackled in this paper in the light of lasting political debates in Uzbekistan, and the vernacular protagonists of the Soviet policy in Central Asia do not appear — all the evil of the initial disturbances brought about by the launching of the NEP being attributed to Moscow-based Russian Bolshevik protagonists.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-3.4.D-292