Cambridge University Press and the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are pleased to invite you to the online launch of
Selected Works of Chokan Valikhanov
Pioneering Ethnographer and Historian of the Great Steppe
Translated by Dr Arch Tait and Edited by Nick Fielding
To be broadcast live from the Royal Geographical Society
Cambridge University Press, in partnership with the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the United Kingdom and with the support of the Chokan Valikhanov Institute of History and Ethnology are delighted to present the first ever English-language collection of selected works by Chokan Valikhanov, one of Kazakhstan’s most prominent scholars of the 19th century.
In his short lifetime of only 29 years, Valikhanov contributed immensely to oriental studies, while also increasing awareness of Kazakh cultural heritage both for his compatriots and for those from further afield.
Despite his remarkable insights, Valikhanov is not well known in the English-speaking world. This is the first collection of his writings translated into English since four essays were published in 1865. This volume presents Valikhanov’s most important scholarly works, which are devoted to exploring aspects of the geography, history, ethnology and economics of Central Asia, while also offering his original views on the societies of the region. These fill an important gap in the literary history of Central Asia and hopefully will stimulate further interest in this remarkable man.