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Description - Kazakhstan by Michael Fergus

"Kazakhstan" is the latest in Stacey International's series of comprehensive illustrated books on countries where well organized and wholly dependable information has been otherwise unavailable. Kazakhstan is the world's ninth biggest country, larger than the combined landmass of the whole of Western Europe. Its formidable presence encompasses territory stretching from Europe - that is, from west of the Ural River - to the borders of Mongolia and China. It provides Russia with its longest common frontier. It possesses, by the most cautious estimate, the fourth largest reserves of exploitable oil and gas of any country on earth, and what is described as the "entire periodic table" of mineral assets. It must surely become a major global provider and trading partner. Beginning with the Bronze Age and the Scythian, it is the principal site of at least four successive civilizations of striking cultural content and influence. Yet how many of these elementary facts are known even to the educated of the Western world? How many can confidently place Kazakhstan on the world's map? Contributed to by a team of esteemed specialists and scholars, "Kazakhstan" presents authoritative coverage of the country's place in the world, bridging West and East: its spectacular landscape and its ecological challenges; its people and their patterns of life; its turbulent history and astonishing heritage of material culture; its governmental structures; contemporary society; and Kazakhstan's highly significant economy and prospects. Twenty-first century Kazakhstan is already bearing upon the lives and activities of a swiftly-growing body of men and women throughout the world, whether as travellers, journalists, politicians, ecologists, or those engaged in the hydrocarbon or any of a score of other industries.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781900988612
ISBN-10: 1900988615
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 160mm x 22mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Stacey International
Publisher: Stacey International
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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