Chechnya Life in a War-Torn Society

ISBN-10: 0520238885

ISBN-13: 9780520238886

Edition: 2004

List price: $34.95
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Description: This book illuminates one of the world's most troubled regions from a unique perspective--that of a prominent Russian intellectual. Valery Tishkov, a leading ethnographer who has also served in several important political posts, examines the evolution of the war in Chechnya that erupted in 1994, untangling the myths, the long-held resentments, and the ideological manipulations that have fueled the crisis. In particular, he explores the key themes of nationalism and violence that feed the turmoil there. Forceful, original, and timely, his study combines extensive interview material, historical perspectives, and deep local knowledge. Tishkov sheds light on Chechnya in particular and on how secessionist conflicts can escalate into violent conflagrations in general. With its balanced assessments of both Russian and Chechen perspectives, this book will be essential reading for people seeking to understand the role of Islamic fundamentalist nationalism in the contemporary world.

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/14/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Ethnography and theory
Indigenization, deportation, and return
Contradictory modernization
Chechen images
The road to war
Dzhokhar : hero and devil
The sons of war
The culture of hostage-taking
Violence in secessionist warfare
The impact on family life
Religion and the Chechen conflict
The myth and reality of the "great victory"
An ideology of extremes
Chechnya as a stage and a role
Notes
Main characters
Informants and interviewers
Select bibliography
Index
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