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Qazaqlik, or Ambitious Brigandage, and the Formation of the Qazaqs

Start Date and Time:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 4:00PM

End Date and Time:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 6:00PM

Speaker(s):

Joo-Yup Lee

The first book to comprehensively cover the emergence of Kazakh identities within the broader cultural and political context of Central Eurasia. Avoiding the pitfall of projecting national identity back in time it shows what early Kazakhs thought made them distinct from other groups. He brings historical phenomena such as the Zaporozhian Cossacks of Ukraine and the Don Cossacks of southern Russia into a much larger Central Eurasian world by focusing on the post-Mongol institution of qazaqlïq (cossackdom). Lee’s book is concise and engaging, as it tackles a vast geographical area, a number of ethnic groups, and a premodern time period.

The work is impressive in terms of the breadth of research and the multilingual nature of the sources, both primary and secondary. It is a true exemplar of Central Eurasian studies and it is also provocative — author is clear about where his arguments and interpretations are building on or conflicting with the interpretations of other scholars.

Sponsor(s)

  • History
  • Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Centre for European Russian and Eurasian Studies

Location:

NMC Conference Room, Bancroft Building 200B, 4 Bancroft Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1C1

Categories:

Book Launches, Seminars

Audiences:

Alumni and Friends, Community, Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students

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