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Turkmenistan Flag The Republic of Turkmenistan (Turkmen: Türkmenistan Respublikasy), also known as Turkmenia, is a country in central Asia. It is bordered by Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Iran, and Uzbekistan, and also has a coast to the West on the eastern shore of the landlocked Caspian Sea.

As of 2009, the population of Turkmenistan was estimated as being 5,110,000. The country's capital and largest city is Ashgabat, which, as of 2009, had an estimated population of 909,000.

Turkmenistan Country Details


Country Name Turkmenistan
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Central Asia
Flag Turkmenistan Flag
Principal Languages
  • Russian
  • Turkmen
  • Capital Ashgabat


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    Turkmenistan: Far Flung Places Travel Guide
    By Simon Proudman

    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    Paperback (262 pages)

    Turkmenistan: Far Flung Places Travel Guide
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    The second edition of the bestselling Far Flung Places guide to Turkmenistan, with increased coverage of all major cities, and updated listings.

    Turkmenistan, a country once closed to visitors during its time as a Soviet republic, is now attracting more intrepid tourists. Beautiful ancient Silk Road cities contrast with striking marble-clad modern architecture. Mix in unconventional leaders, an overwhelming choice in types of vodka, and a massive gas crater burning in the middle of the desert. There is a lot to see and enjoy in this unusual central Asian destination.

    Detailed information of the cities and attractions with maps and invaluable contact information. Learn how to travel around and find the best places to visit, stay and eat.

    Turkmenistan: The Bradt Travel Guide
    By Paul Brummell

    Bradt Travel Guides
    Paperback (264 pages)

    Turkmenistan: The Bradt Travel Guide
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    Turkmenistan is one of the few countries of any size left on the globe which is not the subject of a dedicated travel guide in English (major competitors cover Central Asia as a region). Yet, lying as it does at the heart of the Silk Road route, it is a historically and culturally rich land. Travelers can gain insight into the heritage with the clear itineraries supplied of the major archaeological sites of Merv and Konye Urgench and coverage of Turkmen pilgrimage shrines. For travelers looking to explore further afield, this guide spans the whole country comprehensively, including little-known sites such as the Yangakala canyon and the flaming crater at Darvaza. Turkmenistan is currently one of the safest countries in the Central Asia region, particularly where personal safety is concerned.

    Features include:
    >Information catering to all travelers: businesspeople, volunteer workers, archaeologists, and intrepid adventurers
    >Silk Road archaeological treasures, ex-Soviet era relics, and post-independence monuments
    >Horse trekking, how to buy Turkmen carpets, and other activities
    >Paperwork, visas, and how to surmount red tape
    Lonely Planet Central Asia (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Mark Elliott & John Noble

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    Lonely Planet Central Asia (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Central Asia is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sample lamb kebabs and nan bread from roadside grills, hike through the spectacular canyons of the Kyrgyz Alatau Range, or marvel at Yasaui Mausoleum's beautiful architecture; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Central Asia and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet's Central Asia Travel Guide:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, the Silk Road, religion, art, literature, film, music, architecture, landscapes, border crossings, outdoor activities, wildlife, environment, and cuisine
    • Over 65 maps
    • Coverage of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Almaty, Taraz, Astana, Tashkent, Khorezm, Karakalpakstan, Bishkek, Tamchy, Naryn, Dushanbe, Khojand, Khorog, Ashgabat, Merv, and more

    eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices)

    • Zoom-in maps and images bring it all up close and in greater detail
    • Downloadable PDF and offline maps let you stay offline to avoid roaming and data charges
    • Seamlessly flip between pages
    • Easily navigate and jump effortlessly between maps and reviews
    • Speedy search capabilities get you to what you need and want to see
    • Use bookmarks to help you shoot back to key pages in a flash
    • Visit the websites of our recommendations by touching embedded links
    • Adding notes with the tap of a finger offers a way to personalise your guidebook experience
    • Inbuilt dictionary to translate unfamiliar languages and decode site-specific local terms

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Bradley Mayhew, Mark Elliott, Tom Masters and John Noble.

    About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

    TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

    'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

    'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

    Lonely Planet Central Asia (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Anna Kaminski & Jenny Walker

    Lonely Planet
    Released: 2018-06-19
    Paperback (512 pages)

    Lonely Planet Central Asia (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*

    Lonely Planet Central Asia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Enjoy booming Almaty’s cafes, clubs and shops, wind through rugged mountains past ancient tombs, hot springs, and remote Kyrgyz yurt camps on Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway; and wonder at the architecture in Uzbekistan’s Samarkand – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of central Asia and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet’s Central Asia:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, art, literature, music, architecture, landscapes, wildlife, Islam in Central Asia, the Silk Road, Central Asia today
    • Covers Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Central Asia is our most comprehensive guide to the region, and is perfect for discovering both popular and offbeat sights.

    Travelling further afield? Check out Lonely Planet’s Mongolia, China and Iran guides for a comprehensive look at all those countries have to offer.

    About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

    TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

    ‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times

    ‘Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia)

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    Turkmenistan: Strategies of Power, Dilemmas of Development
    By Sebastien Peyrouse

    Routledge
    Released: 2014-05-14
    Paperback (264 pages)

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    This book is the first comprehensive introduction to contemporary Turkmenistan in English.
    Love Me Turkmenistan
    By Nicolas Righetti

    Brand: Trolley Books
    Hardcover (41 pages)

    Love Me Turkmenistan
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    Saparmurat Niyazov, President of the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic of Turkmenistan, died early on 21st December 2006 in a strange new world of his own creation. His official title, bestowed on himself, was 'Turkmenbashi', or 'leader of Turkmen'. Even the months of the year were renamed to pay homage to Niyazov and his family. By 2001 all internet cafes were closed and ballet and opera were banned, and in 2004, the state even forbade young men from growing long hair or beards and it was prohibited for newsreaders to wear make-up. Love Me Turkmenistan is a vivid, colourful and often very humorous depiction of a country dominated by the dark shadow of its ex-leader, with full-technicolour depictions of its capital, its monuments, and its people, now released from a surreal chapter in their country's history. Each vivid image is accompanied by an actual quote from Niyazov, forming a strong and often outrageous commentary.
    Tribal Nation: The Making of Soviet Turkmenistan
    By Adrienne Lynn Edgar

    Brand: Princeton University Press
    Released: 2006-09-25
    Paperback (320 pages)

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    On October 27, 1991, the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic declared its independence from the Soviet Union. Hammer and sickle gave way to a flag, a national anthem, and new holidays. Seven decades earlier, Turkmenistan had been a stateless conglomeration of tribes. What brought about this remarkable transformation?



    Tribal Nation addresses this question by examining the Soviet effort in the 1920s and 1930s to create a modern, socialist nation in the Central Asian Republic of Turkmenistan. Adrienne Edgar argues that the recent focus on the Soviet state as a "maker of nations" overlooks another vital factor in Turkmen nationhood: the complex interaction between Soviet policies and indigenous notions of identity. In particular, the genealogical ideas that defined premodern Turkmen identity were reshaped by Soviet territorial and linguistic ideas of nationhood. The Soviet desire to construct socialist modernity in Turkmenistan conflicted with Moscow's policy of promoting nationhood, since many Turkmen viewed their "backward customs" as central to Turkmen identity.



    Tribal Nation is the first book in any Western language on Soviet Turkmenistan, the first to use both archival and indigenous-language sources to analyze Soviet nation-making in Central Asia, and among the few works to examine the Soviet multinational state from a non-Russian perspective. By investigating Soviet nation-making in one of the most poorly understood regions of the Soviet Union, it also sheds light on broader questions about nationalism and colonialism in the twentieth century.


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