Chechnya by Valery Tishkov
Life in a War-Torn Society (California Series in Public Anthropology)

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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. 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.

About Valery Tishkov

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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).
Published June 14, 2004 by University of California Press. 302 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Early on, he admits:""The moral dilemma that confronts me lies also in the obvious fact that as a Russian living in Moscow, neither my cultural nor my geographic identity is neutral where Chechens and Chechnya are concerned."" This kind of sensitivity makes his account of Chechnya's horrors one o...

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A leading researcher into the problems of ethnicity and ethnic conflicts in the USSR and successor states, Federal Minister of Nationalities in 1992, and a member of the Russian governmental committee trying to work out a peace plan for Chechnya in 1995, Tishkov knows the subject of his study well.

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