Popova I.F. Russian Expeditions to Central Asia at the Turn of the 20th Century // Russian Expeditions to Central Asia at the Turn of the 20th Century / Collected articles. Edited by I.F. Popova. St Petersburg, Slavia Publishers, 2008. P. 11-39.
The vast spaces of Central Asia, inhabited by numerous nomadic and sedentary peoples speaking different languages and combining features of Buddhist, Muslim and Christian East in their cultures, have been an object of systematic
study in Russia since the early nineteenth century. Early
evidence from merchants and travellers who visited the area
proves that the contact zone between Russia and the Far East
was highly important, both economically and culturally, and
therefore required all-round investigation...