Crushing the Khans: Russia Seizes the Centre of the World


As the other European empires were consolidating their holdings in Asia, Russia took 1.5million square miles of territory. Moving south from the Orenburg line, the Russian Empire swallowed up the Khanates of Central Asia with minimal casualties to their own troops. Depicting the citizens of Kokhand, Khiva, and Bokhara as insolent and inferior, this conquest serves as one of classic European colonialism. Listen as William and Anita delve into the story of the conquest of Central Asia.

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Producer: Callum Hill + Tabby Syrett

Exec Producer: Jack Davenport + Neil Fearn

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