Cover Osteuropa 3/2006

In Osteuropa 3/2006

The Soviet Union as Colonial Power
Looking Back on the Case of Uzibekistan

Ulrich Hofmeister

Deutsche Fassung


Was the Soviet Union a colonial power? The example of Uzbekistan shows that all of the characteristics of colonialism apply to Soviet rule in Central Asia. Substantial differences in the Soviet Union’s practice of colonialism from that of West European colonial powers are explained by Moscow’s unrelenting determination to integrate Uzbekistan into the greater Soviet state. In the long term, those efforts failed, and the Central Asian republics also chose to go down the road of decolonisation.

(Osteuropa 3/2006, pp. 69–94)