By Valery Tishkov
This publication illuminates one of many world's such a lot stricken areas from a distinct perspective-that of a well-liked Russian highbrow. Valery Tishkov, a number one ethnographer who has additionally served in numerous vital political posts, examines the evolution of the struggle in Chechnya that erupted in 1994, untangling the myths, the long-held resentments, and the ideological manipulations that experience fueled the concern. specifically, he explores the most important topics of nationalism and violence that feed the turmoil there. Forceful, unique, and well timed, his examine combines huge interview fabric, old views, and deep neighborhood wisdom. Tishkov sheds mild on Chechnya particularly and on how secessionist conflicts can expand into violent conflagrations generally. With its balanced exams of either Russian and Chechen views, this booklet can be crucial analyzing for individuals trying to comprehend the position of Islamic fundamentalist nationalism within the modern global. Illustrations: 1 map
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But the task was not so simple, because even a mention of the Chechens and Ingush was a rare occurrence in those years. Krupnov nonetheless continued his research on the Chechen lands for another twenty years, making important new discoveries in the area of Bamut village. In 1957, the year of return from the exile, with our assistance, the Checheno-Ingush Research Institute of History, Language, and Literature was established in Groznyy, with Akhmad Salamov as director and the Chechen scholar and writer Khalid Oshayev as deputy director.
They are an extremely powerful tribe, and are divided into three stems—Tschetchens, Karabulaks, and Ingushes, who all speak the same language, though with some variety of dialect. The Tschechens are among the most troublesome, thievish, and desperate enemies with whom the Russians have to encounter on the Lines; and are so situated among the debris of the mountains, and possess such strong holds in them, that every attempt to reduce them fails of success” (Report 1817: 45). At the outset of the twentieth century, the prominent Russian scholar Leo Shternberg wrote an article on “Chechens” for an encyclopedia (Shternberg 1903: 785–86).
The Wrst years were hard, for lack of housing (some of the deported people were just dumped in the open steppe), as well as food (the local Kazakhs were also starving). My father had about forty people in his charge: his own children and several relatives. He was a very strong man, with the look of authority. His name was Dzhokalu. . The situation was desperate: our men had to steal livestock from the Kazakhs, mostly their sheep. Father told us once that a group of Kazakhs riding on horseback had caught up with him as he was driving away their sheep.
Chechnya: Life in a War-Torn Society (California Series in Public Anthropology, 6) by Valery Tishkov