Pictures in The Atlantic from Turkmenistan’s Primate Capital

Amos Chapple has a set of pictures from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in The Atlantic today. Turkmenistan is part of the wide swathe of world that I can’t pretend to know too much about. But these pictures are fascinating in many ways, particularly in terms of being an extraordinary example of the tendency of many states to build up the capital city at the expense of all else. Latin America is prone to this – the mammoth primate city that dominates the country and reproduces a profound centralism in a great deal of political life – and it’s quite apparent here in Lima. But these pictures go well beyond the organic growth of a primate city to a much more monumental – and obviously autocratic – phenomenon. Well worth a look.

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