Historical Dictionary Of Kyrgyzstan

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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.

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Overview

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.

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Unisci Discussion Papers
Provides useful reference materials, statistical data and an extensive bibliography, thus taking this book beyond a simple reference source and making it helpful in understanding most important regional issues in the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries…In sum, this extensively researched and intelligently written reference book represents a valuable and most updated supplement to the existing literature on Central Asia…it is a must-have on the desks of researchers and policy makers or even travelers and general public who have an interest in this country.
CHOICE
There is no comparable, up-to-date reference book for Kyrgyzstan. Recommended. All academic and public libraries.
Asian Affairs
This handy-sized volume resembles more a Whitaker's Almanac-type handbook on Kyrgyzstan than the simple historical dictionary its name implies...thoroughgoing coverage...maps...a chronology...a very competent description of the geography and history of the Kyrgyz...an interesting summary of academic work on the Kyrgyz...a very comprehensive bibliography...between all of this detail is sandwiched the actual dictionary.
American Reference Books Annual
This work is recommended for all library country study collections.
Comparative Economic Studies
Rafis Abazov is one of our best qualified experts on Central Asia....Before any serious venture into the economies of countries like these, a historical dictionary like those provided by Rafis Abazov should be in your luggage.
Central Eurasian Studies Review
The academic community, the press, and decision-makers in various governments who have frequently seen Kyrgyzstan through the eyes of Moscow and who now have to deal with a new political entity, need the new source of information that this publication provides.
Abc-Clio Central Asia: A Global Studies Handbook
An outstanding contribution to the scholarship on Kyrgyzstan. Abazov provides a historical sketch that deftly summaries both Kyrgyz history and the contemporary political landscape....a must-have reference book for the serious student of Kyrgyzstan.
Choice
There is no comparable, up-to-date reference book for Kyrgyzstan. Recommended. All academic and public libraries.
Abc-Clio Central Asia: A Global Studies Handbook
An outstanding contribution to the scholarship on Kyrgyzstan. Abazov provides a historical sketch that deftly summaries both Kyrgyz history and the contemporary political landscape....a must-have reference book for the serious student of Kyrgyzstan.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
This work is recommended for all library country study collections.
Nationalities Papers
...a much welcome contribution...Abazov's work is to be recommended as a useful reference volume to anyone dealing with Kyrgyzstan.
Central Asia: A Global Studies Handbook
An outstanding contribution to the scholarship on Kyrgyzstan. Abazov provides a historical sketch that deftly summaries both Kyrgyz history and the contemporary political landscape....a must-have reference book for the serious student of Kyrgyzstan.
Central Asia: A Global Studies Handbook
An outstanding contribution to the scholarship on Kyrgyzstan. Abazov provides a historical sketch that deftly summaries both Kyrgyz history and the contemporary political landscape....a must-have reference book for the serious student of Kyrgyzstan.
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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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Table of Contents

1 Editor's Foreword 2 Reader's Notes 3 Acronyms and Abbreviations 4 Maps 5 Chronology 6 Introduction 7 The Dictionary 8 Appendix A: Constitution of Kyrgyzstan 9 Appendix B: Tables 10 Bibliography 11 About the Author
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2004

    comprehensive reference book on contemporary Kyrgyzstan

    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.

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