Exploring the Caucasus in the 21st Century
Title
Exploring the Caucasus in the 21st Century
Subtitle
Essays on Culture, History and Politics in a Dynamic Context
Price
€ 40,95
ISBN
9789089641830
Format
Paperback
Number of pages
256
Language
English
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15.6 x 23.4 cm
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Table of contents - 6 On the spelling, words and map in this book - 8 Introduction - 12 1. Gábor Bálint de Szentkatolna (1844-1913) and the Study of Kabardian - 28 2. The Ethnic-Political Arrangement of the Peoples of the Caucasus - 48 3. An Island of Classical Arabic in the Caucasus: Dagestan - 64 4. Chechnya and Russia, between Revolt and Loyalty - 92 5. Recent Political History of the South Caucasus in the Context of Transition - 112 6. Authoritarianism and Party Politics in the South Caucasus - 136 7. Between State and Nation Building: The Debate about ‘Ethnicity’ in Georgian Citizens’ ID Cards - 158 8. The War in South Ossetia, August 2008: Four Perspectives - 182 9. The Recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia: A New Era in International Law - 196 10. Freedom of Speech in the Caucasus: Watch-dog Needed in Armenia and Azerbaijan - 212 11. Beyond Frontiers: Engagement and Artistic Freedom in South Caucasus Modern Culture (Armenia and Azerbaijan) - 234 List of Contributors - 254
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"Exploring the Caucasus in the 21st Century is a unique contribution to the study of a complex region. Its authors bring together investigations of both the North and South Caucasus in an effort to explain discrete aspects of the history, linguistic complexity, current politics, and self-representations of the myriad peoples who live between Russia and the Middle East. Here you can find new material on the role of Arabic in Daghestan, conflicts in Georgia over ethnic identification, and the fallout from the Russo-Georgian War over South Ossetia. There is something here for scholars of Caucasia as well as interested general readers. This is a good place to start." Ronald Grigor Suny, Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History and Director of Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at The University of Michigan. Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at The University of Chicago

Exploring the Caucasus in the 21st Century

Essays on Culture, History and Politics in a Dynamic Context

Although the name Caucasus has been around for some 2000 years, and may suggest unity and coherence, the region these days is best known for the ethnic and religious divides resulting in recurrent bloody conflicts between the various minorities and the post-Soviet independent states. Geographically, the Caucasus has traditionally been a buffer between Russia, Turkey and Iran. Part Russian Federation, part Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, the area has a tradition of fast-shifting partnerships, of rich and varied cultural heritage, and fierce ethnic tensions going back centuries. This fascinating volume creates an illuminating perspective on the politics, history and culture of the Caucasus: it includes an account of how several 19th century Hungarian linguists fascinated by the region’s famously difficult languages conducted field research still used by politicians to prove or disprove ethnic links ; an analysis of the recurring forcible movements of the people; a study of the region’s Russian Imperial past; an exploration of the Muslim North/Christian South division in the context of the recent conflicts and their international ramifications; the elite-driven nature of the region’s politics; finally, the role of art as a medium of freedom in the war-torn zones of the region. Necessary reading for everyone with an interest in the history of one of the world’s tinderboxes.
Editors

Francoise Companjen

Françoise Companjen is senior lecturer at the VU University Amsterdam and manager of Caucasus Interconnect

László Marácz

László Marácz is lecturer in East European studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Lia Versteegh

Lia Versteegh is lecturer in European law at the University of Amsterdam.