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An Illustrated History of Kazakhstan

Asia's Heartland in Context

To tell the story of Kazakhstan's history is to reach far beyond its Kazakh past and range much farther than its already expansive borders. This lavishly illustrated book reveals the full history of the heart of Central Asia across the ages, focusing on the region that is modern-day Kazakhstan.

Using essays from renowned archaeologists, historians and scholars as the core of each chapter, An Illustrated History of Kazakhstan explains the country's long and complex history as a single flowing narrative, complemented by a range of maps, illustrations and beautiful images, from exquisite museum pieces to rare archive photographs and landscapes that place you within the hauntingly beautiful environment that moulded the region's rich social fabric.

The reader is taken on a fascinating journey, from pre-history when changing climate and habitats opened up new areas to human migration, through the globally significant era of the warrior nomads and city-states along the trading routes between East and West, to the colonization of Central Asia by Imperial Russia and the chaos of the Soviet period. Independence for the Central Asian states has seen Kazakhstan take a leading role in the region, and the exciting prospects of this modern state.


+ Jeremy Tredinnick is a Hong Kong-based writer, photographer and editor. He is the author and main photographer of Xinjiang: China's Central Asia; Kazakhstan: Business & Culture - an A-Z Guide; and Kazakhstan: An Illustrated Map. He is also the co-author, co-photographer and managing editor of China: Renaissance of the Middle Kingdom; Asia Overland: Tales of Travel on the Trans-Siberian & Silk Road; and Kazakhstan: Nomadic Routes from Caspian to Altai.

For this book Jeremy commissioned special sections from the following Kazakhstan experts:

+ Zhaken K. Taimagambetov is a Professor in Prehistoric Archaeology and Dean of the Department of History, Archaeology and Ethnology at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

+ Renato Sala and Jean-Marc Deom are archaeologists at the Laboratory of Geoarchaeology at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

+ Karl M. Baipakov is Director of the Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan.

+ Napil Bazylkhan is a Leading Researcher at the RB Suleimenov Institute of Oriental Studies in Kazakhstan's Ministry of Education and Science.

+ Zhanat Kundakbayeva is a Professor of History at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

+ Meruyert Kh. Abusseitova is the former Director of the RB Suleimenov Institute of Oriental Studies in Kazakhstan's Ministry of Education and Science, and Director of the Institute's Republican Information Centre for the Study of Historical Materials.

+ Irina Yerofeyeva is a historian and researcher at the Nurbulat Masanov Social Foundation in Almaty. She was formerly Director of the Kazakhstan Scientific Research Institute on the Problems of the Cultural Heritage of Nomads.

+ Steven Sabol is an Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

+ Didar Kassymova is a full-time Senior Lecturer at KIMEP University, Almaty.

+ Richard Weitz is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.

+ Kairat Umarov is Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United States of America.

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An Illustrated History of Kazakhstan


Jeremy Tredinnick - Author


Publication Date : Nov 2014
Category : HISTORY/Travel
Hardback ISBN 10 : 9622178529
Hardback ISBN 13 : 9789622178526
Edition : First Edition
Hardback Price : US$ 34.95, GB£ 19.95
Format : 22.5cm x 31.3cm
Pages : 200
Photos : 300
Maps : 12

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