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By Michael Khodarkovsky

Russia's try to consolidate its authority within the North Caucasus has exerted a bad expense on each side because the mid-nineteenth century. Michael Khodarkovsky's e-book tells the tale of a unmarried guy with a number of allegiances and gives a concise and compelling historical past of the mountainous quarter among the Black and Caspian seas. After forays starting within the overdue 1500s, Russia tenuously conquered the peoples of the zone within the 1850s; the crusade was once outlined by means of a cruelty on either side that confirmed a development repeated in our personal time, really in Chechnya.

At the guts of Khodarkovsky's sweeping account is Semën Atarshchikov (1807-1845). His father used to be a Chechen translator within the Russian military, and Atarshchikov grew up with roots in either Russian and Chechen cultures. His facility with neighborhood languages earned him speedy advertising within the Russian military. Atarshchikov loved the boldness of his superiors, but he observed the violence that the Russians inflicted at the local inhabitants and was once torn among his tasks as a Russian officer and his affinity with the highlanders. two times he abandoned the military to affix the highlanders in raids opposed to his former colleagues. after all he was once betrayed via a compatriot who sought to achieve prefer with the Russians via killing the notorious Atarshchikov.

Khodarkovsky locations Atarshchikov's lifestyles in a wealthy context: we study greatly concerning the region's geography, its peoples, their historical past, and their conflicts with either the Russians and each other. Khodarkovsky unearths disputes one of the Russian commanders and the regulations they recommended; a few argued for humane techniques yet continuously misplaced out to those that hottest extra violent capacity. Like Hadji Murat-the hero of Tolstoy's final nice work-Atarshchikov moved from side to side among Russian and native allegiances; his biography is the tale of the North Caucasus, one as correct at the present time as within the 19th century

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