August 27th, 2011 15:47 EST
MEMOIRS: National Existence and Cultural Struggles of Turkistan and other Moslem Eastern Turks
MEMOIRS: National Existence and Cultural Struggles of Turkistan
and other Moslem Eastern Turks
By Zeki Velidi Togan
is published in English translation (Vol. 1 of 2).
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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 the Soviet and Bolshevik luminaries of his own time. This is Volume One of total Two Volumes in translation.
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, making use of secondary sources and collective recollections of his colleagues, especially to verify the political events.