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Apr
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comment Are there any good sources on the history of the name for Kazakhstan?
If the English spelling doesn't matter, then what does this quote refer to? "When the "h" was dropped in 1995, the Kazaks finally had a name for their country that finally reflected who they really were." Are they not referring to English spelling? Because that quote makes it sound like the English spelling is very important to the Kazakhs, a matter of their own identity. If not the English spelling, then what? Is it referring to the Cyrillic spelling? They could be referring to the Kazakhs using "қ" and the Russians using "х" but putting it in terms of adding/removing an "h" seems misleading.
Apr
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comment Are there any good sources on the history of the name for Kazakhstan?
The thing is though that Google Maps and the the English Kazakh government website both agree on the spelling of "Kazakhstan", as do every other map I've ever seen and every computer spell checker I've ever encountered. If Kazakh is the official language in Kazakhstan, and they have always spelled it "Kazakstan" with no "h", then why is it spelled "Kazakhstan" on their website now? Why did they ever stop spelling it "Kazakstan"? (Kazakh government website: en.government.kz)
Apr
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comment Are there any good sources on the history of the name for Kazakhstan?
Thanks @DVK! It appears as though there is a dire lack of reputable sources on this, especially in English! So what about the change from Kazakstan back to Kazakhstan? If you could expand your answer to include that, it would be greatly appreciated. Also, Is "Kazah" and "Khazah" a typo? Did you mean "Kazak"? If not, where do the spellings "Kazah" and "Khazah" come in? This would be a 4th and 5th spelling which I haven't encountered before.
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