Nationalism in Central Asia explores the process of building independent nation-states in post-Soviet Central Asia through the lens of the disputed border territory between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. In this rich "biography" of the boundary, Nick Megoran employs a combination of political, cultural, historical, ethnographic, and geographic frames to shed new light on nation-building processes in this volatile region. Grounded in his extensive research in Uzbek and Kyrgyz newspapers covering key events in the border region during a twenty-year period, combined with field interviews, observation, and participation, Megoran provides tangible evidence to back his thesis on this pivotal geopolitical space left in the void of the post-Soviet era. He considers the problems of elite national discourse versus local vernacular, border closures, riots, violence, and massacre, all of which have enflamed territorial anxieties. Megoran revisits theories of causation, such as the loss of Soviet control, poorly defined borders, natural resource disputes, and historic ethnic clashes, to show that while these serve to heighten tensions, political actors and their agendas have driven territorial aspirations, and are the overriding source of conflict.