Top-Down Nationalism in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan [report]

Annie Scriven
2000 unpublished
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
more » ... and the multi-ethnic nature of Kazakhstan make this a difficult task.
doi:10.15760/geogmaster.15 fatcat:n3pwkwwbgzdargc7thqq2jipga