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History UsefulNotes / Kazakhstan

9th Feb '16 5:34:55 PM Dimas28
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The official languages of the country are Kazakh and Russian, the latter being used more during Soviet times due to the Virgin Lands campaign, though awareness of the former language is slowly being made in recent years. Kazakh is a member of the Kipchak subgroup of the Turkic languages and is closely related to the other "northerly" Turkic languages like Kyrgyz, Volga Tatar, and Bashkir. If there is one thing that ''Borat'' got right, it is the fact that Kazakh is currently written by Cyrillic (but not of the [[FauxCyrillic faux]] type); it was additionally written using the Arabic script pre-Russian times, and Latin during the Russian Civil War-era. By the way, if you're curious how real-life Kazakhs look like, [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d5/Kazakh_woman_at_the_Caspian_Sea.JPG they]] [[https://ryanphotodotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/kazakhs-2-587-copy1.jpg are]] [[https://kazakhnomad.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/pc040086.jpg mostly]] [[http://s019.radikal.ru/i619/1207/4a/795d3da3a18b.jpg Mongoloid]]/[[https://kazakhnomad.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/p3180099.jpg East Asian]]-looking, which might be a surprise to some people.
10th Jan '16 5:38:12 PM phoenix
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The vast majority of Kazakhstan lies in Asia, but a small corner in the west is on the western bank of the Ural river, putting it in Europe. This is very important for Kazakhs, as it entitles the country to participate in European projects, receive EU funding and enter its [[TheBeautifulGame football team]] in the more prestigious European leagues. Culturally, however, it is unmistakeably Central Asian.

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The vast majority of Kazakhstan lies in Asia, but a small corner in the west is on the western bank of the Ural river, putting it in Europe. This is very important for Kazakhs, as it entitles the country to participate in European projects, receive EU funding and enter its [[TheBeautifulGame [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football team]] in the more prestigious European leagues. Culturally, however, it is unmistakeably Central Asian.
19th Aug '15 9:19:39 AM BokhuraBurnes
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* One subplot in season 7 of ''LiveActionTV/TheWestWing'' involved President Bartlett managing international tensions over Kazahkstan's oil resources.
* In ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', James Bond travels to Kazakhstan to track down a terrorist interested in acquiring a dirty bomb.
31st Mar '15 5:58:13 PM jormis29
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During most of its history the land that is now Kazakhstan has been inhabited by nomadic tribes. Many tribes that invaded Europe, namely Scythians, Huns and Mongols, passed through its steppes first, leaving their mark on the genetic and cultural portrait of the local populace. By the 15th century majority of modern Kazakhstan was inhabited by nomadic tribes who spoke a Turkic language with some Persian and Mongolian influences, and, to this day, like most Turks, are Sunni Muslims of the Hanafi school of Jurisprudence. Kazakhstan was once ruled by an aristocracy that consisted almost entirely of GenghisKhan's patrilinear descendants. There were very few cities and they were mostly concentrated in the south, where there were fewer nomads. Some of these cities (e.g. Turkestan, Taraz and Shymkent) still exist.

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During most of its history the land that is now Kazakhstan has been inhabited by nomadic tribes. Many tribes that invaded Europe, namely Scythians, Huns and Mongols, passed through its steppes first, leaving their mark on the genetic and cultural portrait of the local populace. By the 15th century majority of modern Kazakhstan was inhabited by nomadic tribes who spoke a Turkic language with some Persian and Mongolian influences, and, to this day, like most Turks, are Sunni Muslims of the Hanafi school of Jurisprudence. Kazakhstan was once ruled by an aristocracy that consisted almost entirely of GenghisKhan's UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan's patrilinear descendants. There were very few cities and they were mostly concentrated in the south, where there were fewer nomads. Some of these cities (e.g. Turkestan, Taraz and Shymkent) still exist.
12th Mar '15 9:00:13 PM jormis29
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After RedOctober, Alash-Orda, a secular nationalist party, tried to organize a national government, but they were opposed both by local Bolshevik sympathizers and Russian monarchists, most of whom were Cossacks. Eventually Kazakhstan became part of Soviet Russia, and later, in 1936, a Soviet republic. Major events in Kazakhstan during Stalin's rule included collectivization, which resulted in a massive famine around the same time as Ukraine's Holodomor, construction of major gulag camps, as well as the evacuation of many people and factories from European Russia to Kazakhstan during WorldWarII. Some of these factories remained, contributing to the industrialization of this formerly agricultural country. Also, around the middle of the 20th century huge deposits of fossil fuels, metals and other mineral resources were discovered in the country. From then on Kazakhs boast that their land contains all the elements of the periodic table (and no, [[Film/{{Borat}} not just potassium]]).

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After RedOctober, UsefulNotes/RedOctober, Alash-Orda, a secular nationalist party, tried to organize a national government, but they were opposed both by local Bolshevik sympathizers and Russian monarchists, most of whom were Cossacks. Eventually Kazakhstan became part of Soviet Russia, and later, in 1936, a Soviet republic. Major events in Kazakhstan during Stalin's rule included collectivization, which resulted in a massive famine around the same time as Ukraine's Holodomor, construction of major gulag camps, as well as the evacuation of many people and factories from European Russia to Kazakhstan during WorldWarII. Some of these factories remained, contributing to the industrialization of this formerly agricultural country. Also, around the middle of the 20th century huge deposits of fossil fuels, metals and other mineral resources were discovered in the country. From then on Kazakhs boast that their land contains all the elements of the periodic table (and no, [[Film/{{Borat}} not just potassium]]).
23rd Dec '14 4:43:16 AM amateur55
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Kazakhstan ('''Kazakh:''' ''Қазақстан, Qazaqstan''; '''Russian:''' ''Казахстан, Kazakhstan''), officially known as the Republic of Kazakhstan ('''Kazakh:''' ''Қазақстан Республикасы, Qazaqstan Respublïkası''; '''Russian:''' ''Республика Казахстан, Respublika Kazakhstan''), is a huge country -- bigger than all of Western Europe put together, and the ninth largest country in the world overall. It's pretty empty, though, with an average density of less than 15 people per square mile.

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Kazakhstan ('''Kazakh:''' ''Қазақстан, Qazaqstan''; '''Russian:''' ''Казахстан, Kazakhstan''), officially known as the Republic of Kazakhstan ('''Kazakh:''' ''Қазақстан Республикасы, Qazaqstan Respublïkası''; Respwblïkası''; '''Russian:''' ''Республика Казахстан, Respublika Kazakhstan''), is a huge country -- bigger than all of Western Europe put together, and the ninth largest country in the world overall. It's pretty empty, though, with an average density of less than 15 people per square mile.
12th Apr '14 9:20:37 PM skbc1p4res
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* The prologue of ''Film/AirForceOne'' takes place in Kazakhstan; the BiggerBad is a general who became the self-proclaimed dictator of the country.
17th Feb '14 5:19:41 PM amateur55
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Kazakhstan ('''Kazakh:''' ''Қазақстан'', Qazaqstan; '''Russian:''' ''Казахстан'', Kazakhstan), officially known as the Republic of Kazakhstan ('''Kazakh:''' ''Қазақстан Республикасы'', Qazaqstan Respublïkası; '''Russian:''' ''Республика Казахстан'', Respublika Kazakhstan), is a huge country -- bigger than all of Western Europe put together, and the ninth largest country in the world overall. It's pretty empty, though, with an average density of less than 15 people per square mile.

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Kazakhstan ('''Kazakh:''' ''Қазақстан'', Qazaqstan; ''Қазақстан, Qazaqstan''; '''Russian:''' ''Казахстан'', Kazakhstan), ''Казахстан, Kazakhstan''), officially known as the Republic of Kazakhstan ('''Kazakh:''' ''Қазақстан Республикасы'', Республикасы, Qazaqstan Respublïkası; Respublïkası''; '''Russian:''' ''Республика Казахстан'', Казахстан, Respublika Kazakhstan), Kazakhstan''), is a huge country -- bigger than all of Western Europe put together, and the ninth largest country in the world overall. It's pretty empty, though, with an average density of less than 15 people per square mile.
17th Feb '14 5:17:08 PM amateur55
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Kazakhstan ('''Kazakh:''' Қазақстан Qazaqstan; '''Russian:''' Казахстан), officially known as the Republic of Kazakhstan ('''Kazakh:''' Қазақстан Республикасы Qazaqstan Respublïkası; '''Russian:''' Республика Казахстан Respublika Kazakhstan), is a huge country -- bigger than all of Western Europe put together, and the ninth largest country in the world overall. It's pretty empty, though, with an average density of less than 15 people per square mile.

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Kazakhstan ('''Kazakh:''' Қазақстан ''Қазақстан'', Qazaqstan; '''Russian:''' Казахстан), ''Казахстан'', Kazakhstan), officially known as the Republic of Kazakhstan ('''Kazakh:''' Қазақстан Республикасы ''Қазақстан Республикасы'', Qazaqstan Respublïkası; '''Russian:''' Республика Казахстан ''Республика Казахстан'', Respublika Kazakhstan), is a huge country -- bigger than all of Western Europe put together, and the ninth largest country in the world overall. It's pretty empty, though, with an average density of less than 15 people per square mile.
11th Jan '14 11:07:47 AM Kolsveinn
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During most of its history the land that is now Kazakhstan has been inhabited by nomadic tribes. Many tribes that invaded Europe, namely Scythians, Huns and Mongols, passed through its steppes first, leaving their mark on the genetic and cultural portrait of the local populace. By the 15th century majority of modern Kazakhstan was inhabited by nomadic tribes who spoke a Turkic language with some Persian and Mongolian influences, believed in Sunni Islam (although not as devoutly as Middle Easterners) and were ruled by an aristocracy that consisted almost entirely of GenghisKhan's patrilinear descendants. There were very few cities and they were mostly concentrated in the south, where there were fewer nomads. Some of these cities (e.g. Turkestan, Taraz and Shymkent) still exist.

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During most of its history the land that is now Kazakhstan has been inhabited by nomadic tribes. Many tribes that invaded Europe, namely Scythians, Huns and Mongols, passed through its steppes first, leaving their mark on the genetic and cultural portrait of the local populace. By the 15th century majority of modern Kazakhstan was inhabited by nomadic tribes who spoke a Turkic language with some Persian and Mongolian influences, believed in and, to this day, like most Turks, are Sunni Islam (although not as devoutly as Middle Easterners) and were Muslims of the Hanafi school of Jurisprudence. Kazakhstan was once ruled by an aristocracy that consisted almost entirely of GenghisKhan's patrilinear descendants. There were very few cities and they were mostly concentrated in the south, where there were fewer nomads. Some of these cities (e.g. Turkestan, Taraz and Shymkent) still exist.
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