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Situated on the ancient Silk Road, Uzbekistan was, until the 17th century, the centre of a wealthy empire. Russian and Soviet occupation later established it as an economic powerhouse, but in the ten years since independence it has fallen into decline. Matilde Gattoni's journey through the central Asian nation documents a land ravaged by poverty and environmental disasters.

Few Westerners knew where Uzbekistan was before the terrorist attacks of 11 September. Still, the USA lost...
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