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Domesticating 1916
The evolution of Amangeldi Imanov and the creation of a foundation myth for the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic (1916–1939)
in The Central Asian Revolt of 1916
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This chapter explores how the 1916 revolt was reworked and repackaged into a historical narrative that could be used for propaganda purposes by the Soviet Union. This narrative centred on the figure of Amangeldi Imanov (1873–1919), one of the military commanders under Abdigapar Zhanbosynov in the Turgai rebellion, who briefly joined the Red Army and was subsequently reimagined as a Soviet hero and apostle of Kazakh nationalism and modernity. This is exemplified by a play based on his life by the writers Beimbet Mailin (1894–1939) and Gabit Musrepov (1902–1905), which was adapted into a famous 1938 film.

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The Central Asian Revolt of 1916

A collapsing empire in the age of war and revolution


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