By Andrejs Plakans
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Finalist, PEN heart united states Literary Awards, examine NonfictionRich in oil and strategically situated among Russia and China, Kazakhstan is among the so much economically and geopolitically very important of the so-called Newly self reliant States that emerged after the USSR's cave in. but little is understood within the West in regards to the region's turbulent historical past less than Soviet rule, rather how the regime asserted colonial dominion over the Kazakhs and different ethnic minorities.
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