Portland State University. Department of Geography
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Geography
Nationalism -- Former Soviet republics, Nationalism -- Kazakhstan, Former Societ republics -- Politics and government, Kazakhstan -- Languages -- Political aspects
Kazakhstan was the most multi-ethnic country to emerge from the former Soviet Union and the only one to have its titular ethnicity as a minority. This paper examines the top-down nationalism that has occurred since independence in 1991. The government of Kazakhstan has used elements of the theories of nationalism and territoriality in their effort to build a strong and unified post-Soviet national identity. The role of language, treatment of minorities, changing demographics, and the multi-ethnic nature of Kazakhstan make this a difficult task.
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Scriven, Annie M., "Top-Down Nationalism in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan" (2013). Geography Masters Research Papers. 15.