Locked in The Heart of Uzbekistan, Central Asia

Uzbekistan might not be in your top 20 or even top 100 places to visit before you die. This place reveals intriguing tales, mysteries and bloody historical events of the region.

This country is one of only two double-landlocked countries in the world. This is a nation that is surrounded completely by other landlocked countries! The other one is Lichtenstein.

From its humble beginnings, Uzbekistan lies on the ancient Silk Route, which led to the cities of Bukhara and Samarkand amassing great wealth and power. As China began to develop its silk trade with the West, Iran cities took advantage of this commerce by becoming the centers of trade. Using an extensive network of cities and rural settlements in the province of Mouwaurannahr in Uzbekistan.

The Coming of the Turks

The Turks who in recent centuries have been identified with Anatolia were a nomadic people populating North Central Asia from the Caspian Sea to Mongolia. It was Turkish tribes that invaded the Roman Empires, east and west, in the fifth century who were known as the Huns. Their conquest was only stopped in France. The Huns power soon disappeared but there were other Turkish tribes that were on the move in Central Asia.

The Mongols are coming, the Mongols are coming soon!

Uzbekistan has a long and bloody history. The most notorious leader of Uzbekistan was Timur who claimed descent from Genghis Khan. His military campaigns have been credited for wiping out some 5% of the world’s population at the time.

The Era of Stalinism

In the 19th century, the Russian Empire began to expand and spread into Central Asia. Joseph Stalin the dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), forcefully deported 171,781 Koreans into the region. The official reason for the deportation was to stem “the penetration of the Japanese espionage into the Far Eastern Krai”, as Koreans were at the time subjects of the Empire of Japan, which was hostile to the Soviet Union.

On August 31, 1991, the Supreme Soviet of Uzbekistan declared Uzbekistan an independent country. Uzbekistan is Central Asia’s most populous country. With a population of 32 millions citizens, the majority of the population are Uzbeks. The Uzbeks are a Turkic ethnic group; the largest Turkic ethnic group in Central Asia.

I would like to thanks bwalkerlane for sharing the following pictures from his trip to Uzbekistan. You can follow him on Instagram.

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