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Chechnya: Life in a War-Torn Society / Edition 1

Chechnya: Life in a War-Torn Society / Edition 1

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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. Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|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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ISBN-13: 9780520238886
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 06/14/2004
Series: California Series in Public Anthropology , #6
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)
Lexile: 1250L (what's this?)

About the Author

Valery Tishkov is Professor of History and Anthropology and Director of the Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has published many books in Russian and is also the author of Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Conflict in and after the Soviet Union: The Mind Aflame (1997).

Table of Contents

Foreword by Mikhail S. Gorbachev

1. Ethnography and Theory
2. Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Indigenization, Deportation, and Return
3. Contradictory Modernization
4. Chechen Images
5. The Road to War
6. Dzhokhar: Hero and Devil
7. The Sons of War
8. The Culture of Hostage-Taking
9. Violence in Secessionist Warfare
10. The Impact on Family Life
11. Religion and the Chechen Conflict
12. The Myth and Reality of the "Great Victory"
13. An Ideology of Extremes
14. Chechnya as a Stage and a Role

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