Samarkand, an ancient commercial, intellectual, and spiritual               center on the Silk Road from Europe to China, developed a remarkably               diverse population, including Tajiks, Persians, Uzbeks, Arabs,               Jews, and Russians. Samarkand, and all of West Turkestan, was incorporated               into the Russian Empire in the middle of the nineteenth century               and has retained its ethnic diversity up to the present. Prokudin-Gorskii               captures here a group of Jewish boys, in traditional dress, studying               with their teacher.

Samarkand, an ancient commercial, intellectual, and spiritual center on the Silk Road from Europe to China, developed a remarkably diverse population, including Tajiks, Persians, Uzbeks, Arabs, Jews, and Russians. Samarkand, and all of West Turkestan, was incorporated into the Russian Empire in the middle of the nineteenth century and has retained its ethnic diversity up to the present. Prokudin-Gorskii captures here a group of Jewish boys, in traditional dress, studying with their teacher.

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