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Modern Kazakhstan

Image and Realities

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Edited By Aydar Amrebaev, Hans-Georg Heinrich, Ludmilla Lobova and Valikhan Tuleshov

Against the backdrop of its mineral wealth, Kazakhstan has been touted a Central Asian tiger state. In contrast to most other Central Asian countries, it was able to evade civil war and large-scale bloodshed and to assume a leadership position which won international recognition and respect. At the same time, the country could not evade the global financial crisis and its human rights record is far from being immaculate. This volume analyses the economic, political and social dynamic of modern Kazakhstan as seen by insiders and Western experts. Their opinions converge on the assumption that there are hard times ahead but that Kazakhstan has the potential to weather the storm.

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Aydar Amrebaev, The Cultural and Civilisational Basis for the Development of Kazakhstan

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The Social Model of Interethnic and Interreligious Harmony and Prospects of the Modern Cultural Identity of Kazakhstan’s People The purpose of this paper is to identify the characteristics of cultural and civilisational development of Kazakhstan, which allow us not only to trace the historical path of the formation of the Kazakh nation, but, mainly, to characterize the specific features of the national world view, the value system and social models of development in the past, present and fu- ture. Of course, it is impossible to fully reveal the historical, cultural and civilisational path of the Kazakh nation in only one article, so we mention only a few special features and destinies of our present cultural life. This will give the reader some ideas of how the process of Kazakh social, po- litical, economic and cultural planning differs from similar European models. Thus, we hope that the European reader not only understands the history and culture of the Kazakh people better, but also that the reader understands the hopes, victories and defeats of the past and pre- sent, which shaped the Kazakh nation to what it is today. Referring to the historical roots and getting rid of the usual cultural stere- otypes regarding the Kazakhs - the people of the centre of Eurasia, will provide an opportunity for a fresh look at the role of the civilisation of our nation, its possibilities and perspectives of the spiritual and practical moderation in different areas and processes, which also take place in the...

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