The History of the Great Steppe
Recipient of the Fedrigoni Card Couture Award 2019 in Gold
The steppe landscape of Kazakhstan: A visually stunning insight into history, landscape, and culture
The largest steppe landscape in the world, the Great Steppe, stretches from Eastern Europe to East Asia across the Eurasian continent. In its center lies Kazakhstan — a country with a rich history, about which, however, very little is known. It was shaped by the nomadic peoples typical of the steppe — Saka, Huns, Turks, and Mongolians — and dates back to prehistory, some 2.5 million years ago. This opulent volume provides insight into the history and culture of the Great Steppe and Kazakhstan: On the basis of archaeological finds, it documents the prehistory and protohistory, continues with the invasion by Genghis Khan, the Arab-Islamic period, the integration into the USSR, up to the most recent epoch of growing national consciousness in an independent state. The impressive pictures are accompanied by excerpts from the book In the Stream of History by the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who led the country for over thirty years.