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"The Kazakhs is quite simply the best one-volume introduction we have to any of the traditionally Islamic peoples of the [former] USSR."

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Martha Brill Olcott is professor of political science at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York and senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institution in Philadelphia.
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  • Series: HOOVER INST PRESS PUBLICATION
  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press; 2nd Edition edition (July 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817993525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817993528
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,330,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jim Thurman on May 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
"The Kazakhs" is a solid, academic history of the Kazakh people from an author familiar to Central Asia scholars. Olcott starts with the formation of the ethnicity and continues through the very recent past to deal with Kazakstan's "Unexpected Independence." Lots of good information regarding the critical question of Russians in Kazakhstan, and the the new country's relations with Russia. Not light reading, but a good history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amangeldy M. Bogner on September 18, 2005
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Martha Brill Olcott is certainly an expert on this country and, furthermore, she writes very well. The only setback is that it is a bit dry and might seem to be too detailed. If you you know nothing about Kazakhstan, then expect to hear so many names that you probably will feel somewhat overwhelmed. However, it deserves the five starts just because it remains the best piece of writing on this subject out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trash Winters on December 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
My review of this book will approach it from a couple of different angles - I was both assigned this book as a textbook and also read it for fun a couple of years beforehand. While I am not normally a fan of the take on major issues of policy or politics offered by most works published by the Hoover Institution Press, Olcott's work on The Kazakhs provides a wonderfully in-depth and thorough history of a people (or as thorough and in-depth as may be presented from an outsider's perspective). The reader can expect to find nuanced discussions of the role of Islam in Kazakh society as well as the effects of Soviet Communism on the Kazakh people before Kazakhstan's separation from the Soviet Union. The book ends with a discussion of the immediate post-Cold War situation in Kazakhstan, including the remnants of the USSR's space program within the former Soviet Central Asian state. That said, this book has not been updated since 1994 and is in need of a new addition addressing developments in Kazakhstan since. Over all, however, this is a comprehensive and highly recommended study for anyone with an interest in Kazakhstan or the peoples of the former Soviet Union.
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