The Independence of Uzbekistan Was Good for the Uzbeks Even Though They Have Basically the Same System of Government as in the Soviet Union

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It is in the nature of things for people of countries under some forced union of a unifying power to become content or to have a higher standard of living when their country acquires its independence. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was one of these unifying powers, which influenced several regions to unite as Soviet Socialist Republics (SSRs), in 1922, under the same government. Uzbekistan was a land divided by khanates when it became an SSR. Joining the USSR actually helped Uzbekistan; the Soviets built roads, schools, and modern houses, and expanded industry. Some things that the Soviet rule caused, however, were not as beneficial to Uzbekistan; ethnic violence became very strong, and the environment was compromised when the …show more content…
Uzbek society was altered in major ways during the Soviet period; Islam, the traditional religion of the region, became a crucial point in the 1920s for the antireligious drives of Communist zealots. Most mosques were closed, and religious schools became antireligious museums. Uzbeks who were deemed nationalist, who often happened to be practicing Muslims, were targeted for imprisonment and in many cases, execution, during Soviet leader Joseph Stalin¡¦s Great Purge of the 1930s, which extended throughout all levels of Soviet society. (Smith 188) Stalin¡¦s hateful acts towards the simple, rural people of such places as Uzbekistan were setting bad examples among the non-Uzbeks who had moved in earlier. Acts such as the Purge and the on-going ethnic violence inspired by it show how ethnic violence easily sparked up whenever the government encouraged it. However, with the new government, Uzbeks can now be reasonably sure that ethnic minorities will not attack them in their country, and will no longer be backed by the government, they can also be sure that they will not have to attack any ethnic minorities in retaliation. The Uzbeks now feel that since they now choose their own ruler, they can be reasonably

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