Russian conquest of Bukhara

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Russian conquest of Bukhara
Part of Russian conquest of Central Asia
Date 1842–20 May 1868
Location present-day Uzbekistan
Result

Russian victory

Belligerents
Russian Empire Russia Flag of the Emirate of Bukhara.svg Bukhara
Commanders and leaders
Russian Empire Nicholas I
Russian Empire Alexander II
Flag of the Emirate of Bukhara.svg Nasrullah Khan
Flag of the Emirate of Bukhara.svg Muzaffar al-Din
Strength
Russian Empire unknown Flag of the Emirate of Bukhara.svg unknown
Casualties and losses
Russian Empire unknown Flag of the Emirate of Bukhara.svg unknown

The Russian conquest of Bukhara was an invasion and subsequent conquest of the Central Asian Emirate of Bukhara by the Russian Empire.

War

The nomads of central Asia, who had produced great conquerors in the distant past, were little match for the disciplined armies of the 19th century. Raids by Muslim guerillas encouraged local Russian governors to take the initiative in subduing the central Asian khanates of Khiva and Bukhara. Envoys from Russia and Britain to Bokhara were treated with arrogance and contempt, and in 1848 two British officers were imprisoned and killed. In the early 1860s the Bukharans managed to fend off Russian advances, but in May 1866 they were defeated. The Russians then established a governor-general of Turkestan, on Syr Darya. The war resumed in 1868, when the Emir was forced to accept vassal status.

See also

Literature

  • Malikov A., The Russian conquest of the Bukharan Emirate: military and diplomatic aspects in Central Asian Survey, Volume 33, Issue 2, 2014, pp. 180–198.
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