Z. V. Togan, Memoirs: National Existence and Cultural Struggles of Turkistan and Other Muslim Eastern Turks [Paperback]
This work needs to be read as a manual of governance in practice. It does not venture heavily into theory, as it concentrates on how large-scale applications of
governance are conducted. In addition, the author was one of those practitioners who interacted and bargained with Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky and the rest of the Soviet and
Bolshevik luminaries of his own time for Baskurdistan and Turkistan. It can be read profitably in the context of anti-colonialism, Sub-altern studies, Russian and Soviet
studies. He presents the issues on world-wide bases.
Ahmet Zeki Velidi Togan (1890-1970) provides the details of his pursuits and environment in his own words. As he points out, in his own preface, he was not content to solely depend on his memory or even notes; he made use of secondary sources
and collective recollections of his colleagues, especially to verify the political events.
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