How would Central Asia have developed without a Russian conquest?

Apr 2017
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The Taliban didn't actually exist until 1994, though. It was created when lawlessness ran rampant in Kandahar and people begged their local mullah--Mullah Omar--to help them restore order. So, he founded the Taliban and did just that--extremely brutally, of course. :(
That ignores Pakistan's involvement and his grand Islamic goals from the start. Protecting people was just an excuse.
 
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macon

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Aug 2015
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Perhaps with a more tribal flavour like in Arabia, but they certainly wouldn't be republics or anything close to that. But it's hard to imagine them lasting for long without being conquered by any of the empires that rose in Persia in the Early Modern period like the Safavids or Afsharids.
Those were not having logistic means to conquer Central Asia and Central Asia was having also numbers to defend itself. Industrial means of Russians were needed to conquer them (rail, weaponry).
 
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Those were not having logistic means to conquer Central Asia and Central Asia was having also numbers to defend itself. Industrial means of Russians were needed to conquer them (rail, weaponry).
The Central Asian lands had been conquered several times before the industrial era, such as by the Mongols in the 13th century and Timur in the 14th century.
 

macon

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The Central Asian lands had been conquered several times before the industrial era, such as by the Mongols in the 13th century and Timur in the 14th century.
Yes, it was executed from other direction- from steppe and nomads were having logistic means.
 
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