Stalinism in Kazakhstan: History, Memory, and Representation is a multi-disciplinary collection of essays from Central Asian authors. The volume is devoted to violence and socio-economic transformation during the Stalinist repressions in Kazakhstan and explores collective trauma, selective memory, and representations in contemporary art and literature.
Zhulduzbek Abylkhozhin is professor of history at Kazakh British Technical University and KIMEP University.
Mikhail Akulov is assistant professor at Nazarbayev University.
Alexandra Tsay is an independent scholar.
Chapter 1: Limited Welfare State: On Utopia and Terror in the Third Reich and the Soviet Union
Chapter 2: Stalinist Anti-Peasant Repression Policy and its Implementation in Kazakhstan (Late 1920s–Early1930s)
Chapter 3: An Episode in the History of the Academy of Sciences of the Kazakh SSR in the Early 1950s
Chapter 4: Altynshash
Chapter 5: The Winds of Time Dry Out the Grass of Oblivion
Chapter 6: Between Oblivion and Remembrance
Chapter 7: Reclaimed Names
Chapter 8: “Our Camp Grew into a Busy City…” The Art of Deportee Artists in Karaganda (late 1930s-early 1960s)
Chapter 9: The Endless Time After: Art as a Medium for Understanding Cultural Memory and Trauma in Post-soviet Kazakhstan
In this remarkable and powerful work, researchers from Central Asia bridge the scholarly and the personal to examine the devastating toll of Stalinist repression and its afterlife in the region. The volume highlights the vibrancy of scholarship in Central Asia, and many authors are available here in English for the first time.
Stalinism in Kazakhstan succeeds in its larger purpose of promoting Central Asian scholarship and contextualizing Stalinist Kazakhstan within the larger Soviet narratives on Stalinist repression, memory studies, and artistic development without having to do so exclusively through the lens of ethnicity or Soviet nationality policy. It is refreshing to see Central Asian and Kazakhstani scholarship moving in this direction.