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Chechnya by Valery Tishkov
Book DescriptionThis 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 DetailsISBN: 9780520238886
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 21-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Valery Tishkov
Ethnicity, Nationalism and Conflict in and After the Soviet Union, Paperback (November 1996)» View all books by Valery Tishkov
This analysis of post-Soviet nationalism covers both its hegemonic forms, executed by dominant groups like the Russians, and its periphery forms, subscribed to mainly by ethnic minorities with diminished status. Both constitute a major obstacle to civic nation-building and democratic reform.
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Author Biography - Valery Tishkov
Valery Tishkov is Professor of History and Anthropology and Director of the 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).
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