By Valery Tishkov
This e-book illuminates one of many world's so much stricken areas from a special perspective-that of a well-known Russian highbrow. Valery Tishkov, a number one ethnographer who has additionally served in numerous very important political posts, examines the evolution of the battle in Chechnya that erupted in 1994, untangling the myths, the long-held resentments, and the ideological manipulations that experience fueled the quandary. particularly, he explores the foremost topics of nationalism and violence that feed the turmoil there. Forceful, unique, and well timed, his examine combines vast interview fabric, ancient views, and deep neighborhood wisdom. Tishkov sheds mild on Chechnya particularly and on how secessionist conflicts can increase into violent conflagrations normally. With its balanced checks of either Russian and Chechen views, this ebook may be crucial examining for individuals trying to comprehend the position of Islamic fundamentalist nationalism within the modern international. Illustrations: 1 map
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SELF-DETERMINATION AS A POLITICAL PROJECT The word “nation” is intimately related to the notions of statehood and political self-determination. As a result, immediate associations arise when the same word is used in its ethnic connotation; for the ethnic Abkhazians, Chechens, Kazakhs, Letts, Russians, Tatars, and Ukrainians, this means that they must seek national self-determination and possess their own states as nations. If they do not have their own national state, then they are a kind of semi-nation or incomplete nation.
To some contemporary Chechen authors, the notion of the Soviet Union as “their country” belongs in quotation marks (Khamidova 1999: 141), but that was not true of this earlier generation. In a letter to K. Ye. Voroshilov, the chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, V. A. Aliyev, writing from Magadan, the “capital” of the Gulag Archipelago, wrote the following preface to his dramatic story of how he was arrested following his service in the war, made to confess to a crime he had never committed under threat of a Wring squad, and imprisoned.
Since I was a burly lad, from lots of farmwork, they failed to budge me. They sent for the headmaster, who came, looked at me, thought a little, and allowed me to stay. Still, he indicated he would discuss the situation with the party secretary. When I came next time, the secretary called me in. When he asked me why I wanted to join the class, I explained I wanted to get a clear answer to the question of why the Chechen people had been deported by the authorities. ” He obviously knew nothing about the deportation.
Chechnya: Life in a War-Torn Society (California Series in Public Anthropology, 6) by Valery Tishkov