Historical Dictionary of Kyrgyzstanby Rafis Abazov
This is an essential and must-to-have reference work designed for librarians, scholars, students, for the business and policy-making community, and for anyone interested in Kyrgyzstan's contemporary history and politics. Entries cover important personalities, places, events, and institutions in Kyrgyzstan, as well as important political, economic, social and
This is an essential and must-to-have reference work designed for librarians, scholars, students, for the business and policy-making community, and for anyone interested in Kyrgyzstan's contemporary history and politics. Entries cover important personalities, places, events, and institutions in Kyrgyzstan, as well as important political, economic, social and cultural issues, which dominated domestic and international politics of this Central Asia state.
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
- Publication date:
- Historical Dictionaries of Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East Series , #49
- Product dimensions:
- 5.70(w) x 8.78(h) x 1.12(d)
Meet the Author
Rafis Abazovis a visiting scholar at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, New York. He is the author of two books and numerous articles in Kazakhstani, Russian, and other international academic journals. He has contributed articles to theEncyclopaedia of Modern Asia, and the Encyclopaedia of National Economies.
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The post-Soviet history of Kyrgyzstan resembles a fascinating narration of the Great Game (a term used to describe competition between the British and Russian Empires for domination in Central Asia). For centuries various great powers and nomadic Khanates attempted to establish an ultimate control over this strategically important land. For centuries the land populated by Kyrgyzs was fragmented between various political entities, and only at the end of the 19th century the Russian Empire finally acquired control over this region. In 1924 the Kyrgyz land was united into a single political entity in the controversial and still widely debated border delimitation process. In 1991 Kyrgyzstan declared its independence and began building a democratic and market-oriented state. However, very soon the newly independent country found itself facing a number of difficulties, including rising inter-ethnic tensions, steep economic recession and de-industrialization, growing competition between various clans and wide spread poverty. . . . This dictionary provides a concise yet comprehensive overview of the historical development of Kyrgyzstan. The introduction and chronology provide an overview of the Kyrgyz history, focusing on the history of the country in the 20th century, political and economic development, ethnic policies and nation building. The author carefully assesses the key issues in Kyrgyzstan's post-Soviet era attempt to develop democratic and market oriented institutions, to keep militant elements at a bay and to deal with multiethnicity and diverse interests of its minority groups. He overviews the growth of political organizations and NGOs and the struggle for power between various formal and informal political groups and institutions. . . . This extensively researched and intelligently written reference book on Kyrgyzstan covers practically every aspect in contemporary domestic and international politics of Kyrgyzstan. The dictionary consists of approximately 350 entries and is cross-referenced to make sure that it is easy to use by international consultants, NGO activists, policy makers, experienced scholars or young students interested in a complicated and captivating history of Kyrgyzs and Kyrgyz land. The substantial bibliography will help readers to find materials and resources in specialized subject areas.