Kazakh Khanate

Kazakh Khanate

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Kazakh Khanate (; ; ) was a Kazakh state that existed in 1456-1847, located roughly on the territory of present-day Republic of Kazakhstan.


The Kazakh Khanate was founded in 1456-1465 by Janybek Khan and Kerey Khan, on the banks of Jetysu ("seven rivers") in the southeastern part of the present-day Republic of Kazakhstan. The founding of the Kazakh Khanate is considered the ethnogenesis of the Kazakh nation. The formation of the independent Kazakh Khanate began when several tribes under the rule of sultans Janybek and Kerey departed from the Khanate of Abul Khair Khan. The sultans led their people toward Mogolistan, eventually settleing and founding an independenent state. The new Khanate soon became a buffer state between the Mongolians and the Khanate of Abdul Khair.

Janybek Khan and Kerey Khan (1465-1480)

Although both Janybek Khan and Kerey Khan were considered the founding rulers of the Kazakh Khanate, it was Kerey Khan who initially wielded the most power. Upon the death of Kerey Khan in 1470, Janybek Khan became the sole rule. The early years of the Kazakh Khanate were marked by struggles for control of the steppe against the Uzbek leader Muhammad Shaybani. In 1470, the Kazakhs defeated Muhammad Shaybani at Turkestan , forcing the Uzbeks to retreat south to Samarkand and Bukhara.

Buryndyq Khan (1480-1511)

In 1480 Kerey Khan's son Buryndyq became khan. During his reign the Kazakhs were able to muster an army of 50,000 men and to repeatedly...
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