Episode 42-The Russian Civil War: Frunze vs the Basmachi 1920-1921

After disbanding the Musburo and overthrowing the Emirs of Khiva and Bukhara, Frunze has one more enemy to eliminate before communism can take hold in Central Asia: the Basmachi. Learn how Frunze created an counter-insurgency strategy against the Basmachi while dealing with mountain warfare, a ragtag army, and a region wracked with famine and sectarian violence.

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References

Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR by Adeeb Khalid

Central Asia: a History by Adeeb Khalid

Russian-Soviet Unconventional Wars in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Afghanistan by Robert F. Baumann

Study of the economic crisis and depopulation in Turkestan, 1917–1920 by Marco Buttino

National Units of the Red Army in the Steppe Region and Turkestan During the Civil War by Yu. A. Lysenko

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