Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan has remained close to Russia since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. However, the Soviets left a legacy of serious environmental problems, including nuclear and toxic waste, widespread industrial pollution, a shrinking Aral Sea, and an expanding desert. The people of Kazakhstan face other challenges as well: The government is nominally democratic, but elections are widely believed to be rigged in favor of the party in power. While a few people have become extremely wealthy through government ...
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Overview

Kazakhstan has remained close to Russia since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. However, the Soviets left a legacy of serious environmental problems, including nuclear and toxic waste, widespread industrial pollution, a shrinking Aral Sea, and an expanding desert. The people of Kazakhstan face other challenges as well: The government is nominally democratic, but elections are widely believed to be rigged in favor of the party in power. While a few people have become extremely wealthy through government corruption, common citizens have seen little material improvement in their lives since independence.

This book examines the economic and political issues facing Kazakhstan today. It provides up-to-date information about the country's geography and climate, history, society, important cities and communities, and relations with other countries.

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Gr 8 Up-These titles look at the importance of Islam in this region. The emphasis that they place on geopolitics, both in the countries' historical development and in their current significance, gives them a cohesive focus and an interest level not usually found in country studies. Although there are individual chapters on the land, history, economy, people, cities, and foreign relations, the growth and influence of Islam are integrated throughout the texts. The writing is lucid and lively; the photographs, relevant and representative of a variety of lifestyles. Kazakhstan is the most impressive, but the others are equally informative. The author of Kyrgyzstan could not have predicted the overthrow of Akayev in spring 2005, but he does alert readers to why the president was losing support. In Azerbaijan, the initial presentation of the three alphabets in which Azeri has been written is a bit confusing, but an explanation in a later chapter is clear. The only quibble with these volumes is the paucity and quality of the maps. In addition, the city names and variations used on the map in Azerbaijan do not match those in the text. Nevertheless, these books are solid sources for reports, geography lessons, and current events.-Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Place in the World 13
The Land 21
The History 35
The Economy, Politics, and Religion 53
The People 69
Cities and Communities 87
Foreign Relations 101
Chronology 118
Glossary 120
Further Reading 121
Internet Resources 122
Index 123
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