Kazakh eagle hunter in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, Mongolia.

Kazakhstan: A Game of Hordes

A Game of Thrones-style TV show titled "Kazakh Khanate" will soon be launched by the Kazakh government. This epic dramatizes the founding of the Kazakh khanate (state) amid the collapse of the Mongolian Golden Horde empire more than half a millennium ago -- interpreted in modern-day Kazakhstan as the beginning of Kazakh statehood. Spurred in part by Russian President Vladimir Putin's comments on the validity of Kazakhstan's existence as a state, this show is one of a number of historical memory and nation-building displays celebrating the 550th anniversary of the khanate. 

Click here to watch the trailer.

Photo by Altaihunters | CC BY SA 3.0

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