Vol.2. No.1 2013

Volume 2. Issue 1. February 2013.

Contents

  1. J. Otto Pohl (University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana) Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Waters: The Russian-Germans in the Labour Army.
  2. Otambek Mastibekov (Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London) Three Social Groups Active in Tajikistan from the late 1980s until 1992.
  3. Melissa Kerr Chiovenda (University of Connecticut, USA) Tajik Labour Migration to Russia: Tajik Resources to Migrant Vulnerability and Russian State Policies. 
  4. Alex Calvo (European University, Barcelona) Riots in China 2012: A Preliminary Assessment.
  5. Narek Mkrtchyan (Yerevan State University, Department of World History, Armenia) ‘The Good Life’: Greek Polis, Roman Empire and Christendom.

The Articles

J. Otto Pohl (University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana) Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Waters: The Russian-Germans in the Labour Army.

This article will cover the institutional development and operations of the labour army from 1941 until its liquidation. In particular it will look at the conscription of ethnic Germans in Kazakhstan and Central Asia into the labour army. It will also examine the changing legal status and material conditions suffered by the men and women in the labour army during this time. Finally, it will analyze the labour army as instrument of ethnic repression aimed specifically at Soviet citizens of German nationality.

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Otambek Mastibekov (Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London) Three Social Groups Active in Tajikistan from the late 1980s until 1992.

This article was written by Dr. Otambek Mastibekov (School of Oriental and African, University of London) and the editing team at The Eurasia Studies Society Journal (Tess GB-Europe) during November and December 2012.

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Melissa Kerr Chiovenda (University of Connecticut, USA) Tajik Labour Migration to Russia: Tajik Resources to Migrant Vulnerability and Russian State Policies.

This article discusses Tajik labour migration to Russia during the period from 2000 to 2010, focusing on each states’ actions in resolving their own interests regarding the large number of labour migrants that leave Tajikistan to seek work in Russia. The article begins by outlining the history of and reasons for the high rate of Tajik labour migration to Russian, using social and economic migration theories to support these ideas. The article goes on to document many of the difficulties faced by Tajik labour migrants in Russia, and examines Russian policies that both exacerbate and ameliorate these problems. The article also examines Tajik state policies concerning the difficulties faced by labour migrants in Russia, concluding that as Tajikistan has little recourse to improve the conditions of migrants once they are within Russian, it has focused rather on domestic policies to maximize the benefits of financial remittances, to prepare migrants for their time abroad, and to make travel to Russia more accessible.

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Alex Calvo (European University, Barcelona) Riots in China 2012: A Preliminary Assessment.

Once a few weeks have passed since the anti-Japanese riots in China, the time has perhaps come to carry out a preliminary assessment of these events. The underlying dispute which prompted them, and the details on many of the disturbances, have already been reported extensively by the media, and instead we will pause and reflect on some related aspects together with the prospects for the future of Sino-Japanese relations and security in the wider East-Asian Region.

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Narek Mkrtchyan (Yerevan State University, Department of World History, Armenia) ‘The Good Life’: Greek Polis, Roman Empire and Christendom.

This paper discusses the concept of ‘the good life’ within a political and social context. The notion of the good life has been connected with the function of the state. The state provides a unique public sphere in which individuals perform their social activity. One of the essential components of the good life was its meaningfulness, and that was a reason why its meaning has been subjected to the conceptual changes from Ancient Greeks and their view of the city state (polis) onwards. The basic function of polis was the creation of a space to foster quality living. A number of understandings of classical Greek political thought have influenced the development of western political thought. The investigation of this short paper compares the methods and concepts of the good life in the case of the Ancient Greek city-state, the Roman Empire, and early medieval Christendom.

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