chapter  18
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Change and Tradition in Eighteenth-century Kazakhstan: The Dynastic Factor

ByAlan Bodger

There is a 'black hole' at the heart of eighteenth-century Kazakh history. The metaphor is admittedly not exact in all particulars; in astro-physics a 'black hole' is presumed to be a phenomenon of such densely packed material and powerful internal gravity that nothing, not even light, escapes from it. The event in question, despite exerting an insistent pull on the course of Kazakh history for a hundred years, has certainly allowed little illumination to escape from it, although this is because it contains too little, not too much evidential material.