Unlikely partners

  • Ben Evans
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


In the bleakness of midwinter, Tyuratam is a desolate and windswept place, characterised by bitter snowstorms and hurricane-strength blizzards. It is a tiny railway junction in central-southern Kazakhstan, 200 km east of the Aral Sea, and in the local tongue its name is roughly translatable as the gravesite of Tyura, beloved son of the great Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan, whose medieval empire spanned much of Asia. According to some sources, it began as an ancient cattle-rearing settlement on the north bank of the Syr Darya River, although at least one Sovietera journalist has given it a more modern origin, hinting at its foundation in 1901 as an outpost to replenish steam engines passing between Orenburg and Tashkent.


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  • Ben Evans
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  1. 1.Space WriterAtherstoneUK

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