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Central Asia in the first half of the 19th c. (Yuri Bregel's atlas).

Central Asia in the first half of the 19th c. (Yuri Bregel’s atlas).

From this year, the History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Department is conferring an award for the “Best essay in History of Kazakhstan”. All students (around 500) who enrol in History of Kazakhstan in the academic year are participating with their submissions for this class. This is therefore a very competitive prize.

The award is a way to highlight the importance of this class in the undergraduate curriculum at Nazarbayev University.

The winner of this year’s award is Assiya Nurzhanova (1st year, SHSS). The essay was submitted in Fall 2014 in Dr Penati’s section in response to the essay question: “It is sometimes argued that Kenesary Kasymov’s military activity and leadership reflected some of the characteristics of pre-modern ‘nomadic confederacies’. Do you agree?”. Assiya answered this question in an articulate and original way on the basis of a variety of sources, including excerpts of the Ta’rikh-i Abu’l Khayr Khani and other early modern chronicles, as well as selected documents from Russian imperial archives.