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Kazakh famine according to west historiography


(from COLLECTION OF MATERIALS of International scientific conference «GREAT FAMINE IN KAZAKHSTAN: TRAGEDY OF THE NATION AND THE LESSONS OF HISTORY») published in Astana, 2012

The famine of 1930–33 devastated Kazakhstan, transforming an entire society, as well as an immense territory. However, outside of Kazakhstan and the broader post-Soviet space, this disaster is little known and poorly understood. This article discusses the development of historiography about the Kazakh famine in the West, with attention to some of the reasons why the Kazakh famine is so little discussed. This situation is changing, however, and there is good reason to believe that the Kazakh famine will be discussed more and more in the West. This new interest may help us open up new lines of inquiry into the disaster, as there are still many areas of the Kazakh famine that we do not know much about. 

The scholar of University of Maryland (USA)

 Dr. Sarah Cameron

Data was given from the Institute of State History, Committee of Science of The Ministry of Education and Science 

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