- Kasimov, Kenesary
- (1802–1847)Also known as Qasim-uli, Kenesary Kasimov was a Kazakh khan who led one of the most sustained rebellions against Russian colonialism on the Kazakh steppe. Using guerrilla tactics of warfare in the northwestern steppe, Kasimov consistently caused problems for the Russian administration, which had enjoyed relatively peaceful relations with the Kazakhs since the late eighteenth century. Kasimov’s rebellion lasted from 1837–1846. He also lodged complaints to the imperial administration about the treatment Kazakhs received.Kasimov garnered widespread support for his rebellion among the Middle Horde Kazakhs. He was the grandson of the famous Kazakh khan Ablai and was born in the Kokchetau area. After leaving the Russian-controlled area of the steppe upon defeat in 1846, Kasimov went south to help the Kyrgyz fight Kokand. He was killed in battle in 1847. Historians have portrayed him as everything from a defender of feudalism and traditional nomadism to a revolutionary and Kazakh nationalist.See also <
>.FURTHER READING:Olcott, Martha Brill. The Kazakhs. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1987, 1995.SCOTT C. BAILEY
Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1914. 2014.