2019 publications

Article:

Modern and Folk Sports in Central Asia under Lenin and Stalin: Uzbekistan 1925 to 1952

Vakanuvis – International Journal of Historical Researches, 2019

Soviet physical culture  was a soft power tool used to create healthy and patriotic citizen-soldiers and help modernise the urban Soviet Union: one key strand of this was modern sports. Josef  Stalin  (Communist  Party leader from 1925 to 1953) imposed the physical culture and sports culture on society and had it institutionalised. Moreover, except for policy revisions, the institutions of his sports model continued until the mid-1980s. This paper will investigate the impact of the  Communist Party of the  Soviet  Union  (established  1925, hereafter  Communist  Party)  through sport in  Uzbekistan  Soviet  Socialist Republic  (hereafter  Uzbekistan). Critically reading selected  Cold  War and contemporary studies, we explore the acculturation and integration role of the Soviet sports culture in multicultural  Uzbekistan from1925 to1952. In this interdisciplinary paper, we ask: What was the impact of Soviet sports in Uzbekistan? How and why did Lenin and Stalin reposition folk sports in society? The themes examined include the concept of Soviet sports, folk sports, and the development and impact of modern sports culture.

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