Kazakhstan is in some ways a very old nation dating back to the Kazakh Khanate of 1458, but it dramatically transformed within the Russian Empire and even more so during the period when it was part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Since 1991 it has been independent and has had to forge its own policy in all fields.Kazakhstan is in an enviable position in terms of exportable natural resources, but at the same time it is faced with many domestic problems, such as an inadequate infrastructure. Along with solving a multitude of social problems, Kazakhstan has had to simultaneously create a normal functioning state, which added to its political difficulties.The situation at present is a state run by a strong ruler, which solves some problems but creates others.
The Historical Dictionary of Kazakhstan covers the history of Kazakhstan through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and a bibliography. The dictionary section has over 400 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Kazakhstan.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||Historical Dictionaries of Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Didar Kassymova is senior lecturer at the Kazakh Institute for Management, Economics, and Strategic Research, specializing in the history and politics of Central Asia and Kazakhstan. She is currently working on a doctoral dissertation analyzing the history of Russians in Kazakhstan.
Zhanat Kundakbayeva is associate professor at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. She has written in Russian and Kazakh publications on Russian history and ethnic groups in the Caspian and Central Asian region, and in 2003 won a presidential grant as a distinguished scholar of Kazakhstan.
Ustina Markus is a specialist on the former Soviet republics. From 2009 until 2011 she was the Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kurdistan-Hewler in northern Iraq. Dr. Markus has an extensive record of publications on the former Soviet republics and is currently engaged in research on the oil industry.