The Great Turon or Where is the Great Future of Uzbekistan by Sam Tano - HTML preview

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Botched up History

One of the most important attributes of any nation is its name; where did the name originate? Does it mean anything? The word Uzbek was first used as a name for the Central Asian nation in 1920s, when the Bolshevik’s formed Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic (Uzbek SSR). Prior to that, the word Uzbek referred to a nomadic clan that originated in Saraj - the capital of the Golden Horde, near Volga river, presently in Russia’s south. Original Uzbeks were descendents and followers of Uzbek Khan, who was Genghis Khan’s direct descendent in the 5th generation. Uzbek Khan was the son of Toghrilcha and grandson of Mengu-Timur. And Mengu-Temur was son of Toqoqan Khan and the grandson of Batu Khan – Genghis Khan’s son. Uzbek Khan and his followers not only lived in the Southern part of the present day Russia, they also had power over the entire Russia during the 14th century. Russians knew very well who the real Uzbek and his followers were. Then why in 1924 Russian rulers decide to name people of the completely different area – Uzbeks? Was it because now, the “true” land of Uzbeks “shifted” from the Volga river banks, to far away Central Asia? Uzbeks moved South East and graciously dissolved into the new area, giving it its name! The history is made! What a beautiful ending to a successful Russian colonialist expansion story! But wait, there is more to this. Apparently no one truly considered interests of the people of Turkestan. What is in it for them? If the people of Turkestan, were named after the 14th century unrelated despotic ruler, would not that fact cut them off from their true history?

Would not that distort historically correct self-perception of the people of Turkestan?

And that is exactly what happened: after the decades of Soviet propaganda, Uzbeks have strongly embraced Russian made myth about Uzbek nation being created as a result of

“ethno-genesis” somewhere around the 15th century. Alisher Navoi, the 15th century poet is considered – a founder of the Uzbek language. From the political view, Amir Temur could probably be viewed as the founding father within this twisted concept.

Although modern Uzbeks know that their history extends way beyond the 15th century, they neither have good understanding, nor they relate themselves closely to their own ancient history. People without deep and clear vision of their own history are unlikely to have commonly accepted goals for their future development as well. Absence of such goals creates pessimism, distrust, and motivates corruption.