Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) published the book titled “Kazakhstan in the Turkish Press in the 30th Anniversary of Independence”, which will provide data for the analysis of the development of relations with friendly and brotherly countries Kazakhstan and Turkey.
The micro-historical work, in which the news about Kazakhstan, that took place in the mainstream newspapers in the Turkish Press for a period of 30 years between 1991 and 2021, is compiled, will be a source for researchers. The book is based on the archive created by Fahri Solak, a faculty member at Marmara University, who prepared the work, with his personal interest that began in the early 1990s.
The book also includes a comprehensive presentation that summarizes Kazakhstan’s history, underground riches, population structure and economy, Tsarist and Soviet Russia period, independence process and the course of Kazakhstan-Turkey relations.
In the book, attention is drawn to the fact that the newspaper news about Kazakhstan is mainly about the mutual visits of the Presidents or high-level political contacts. Among the prominent topics are Kazakhstan’s historical heritage, cultural features, series of articles and news about Ahmet Yesevi and the city of Turkistan. On the other hand, it is stated in the Turkish press that news-comment writing on critical developments in Kazakhstan is open to the approaches and guidance of international agencies.
In the work, the course and content of Turkish-Kazakh relations and their reflections on newspaper news can be followed over the years. As a result of the increasing bilateral relations in the 2000s and later, it is seen that the news about Kazakhstan took place more in the Turkish press. Considering the quantity and quality of the news, it is also possible to follow the issues that focus attention on Turkish-Kazakh relations. In the study, it is stated that the developments in Kazakhstan are not covered enough in the Turkish press and that news-comment writing is open to the approaches and guidance of international agencies.
The 562-page work was published as a large-size and 4-colour prestige book.