«We need to look into the past in order to understand the present and foresee the future»

Scientific collection “The Effect of the Famine in Zhambyl Region”


13 April 2015

The L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University will host the ceremony of launching the scientific collection entitled "The Effect of the Famine in Zhambyl Region" on 10 April 2015. The ceremony will start at 3 p. m.

The author of the collection is Baykulov Tungyshbek Seysenuly who is the famous researcher, publicist and leading research fellow of the L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University. The collection was published with the assistance of the National Congress of Historians and Research Centre "Eurasia" of the L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, and the Department of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan of the university.

This scientific collection introduces new unpublished before historical sources into the scientific activities, including memoirs of those who lived in Zhambyl region during the period of the Great Famine of the 1930s, which claimed the lives of thousands of people. The stories are recorded as a set of tales and interviews collected as the result of field studies and scientific expeditions based on certain questionnaires prepared by scientific stuff of the Research Centre "Eurasia". The book also includes archival materials adding the data obtained from survey respondents, research articles and additional materials. The scientific collection "The Effect of the Famine in Zhambyl Region" is recommended to teachers and students of departments of history and all of those who are interested in studying the history of Kazakhstan.

The famine that resulted from collectivization and the confiscation of agricultural commodities in Kazakhstan affected the rural population of the territory to varying degrees of severity. Nomadic Kazakh society paid the heaviest toll, however, primarily due to the fragility of the economic basis of nomadic pastoralism when faced with significant losses of livestock. Unlike grain-based agriculture, the production cycle of herding was devastated by the disappearance of herders’ resources and steep declines in grazing conditions for their remaining herds.

Participants: the ceremony will be opened for teachers and students of the L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University and everyone who want to come.

The ceremony of launching the scientific collection entitled "The Effect of the Famine in Zhambyl Region" will be held at the Academic Library of the L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University "Otyrar Kitapkhanasy", 11 Pushkina Str., office 204 (the room of Akseleu Seydimbeka).

If you have any questions, please contact Alla Kanina.

Telephone numbers: 8 7172-709-500 (31 152), 8 705-424-04-77
e-mail: kongress.istorikov@mail.ru