The Crimean Tatars: The Diaspora Experience and the Forging of a Nation

The Crimean Tatars: The Diaspora Experience and the Forging of a Nation

by Brian Williams, B. G. Williams
     
 

This volume provides the most up-to-date analysis of the ethnic cleansing of the Crimean Tatars, their exile in Central Asia and their struggle to return to the Crimean homeland. It also traces the formation of this diaspora nation from Mongol times to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
A theme which emerges through the work is the gradual construction of the… See more details below

Overview

This volume provides the most up-to-date analysis of the ethnic cleansing of the Crimean Tatars, their exile in Central Asia and their struggle to return to the Crimean homeland. It also traces the formation of this diaspora nation from Mongol times to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
A theme which emerges through the work is the gradual construction of the Crimea as a national homeland by its indigenous Tatar population. It ends with a discussion of the post-Soviet repatriation of the Crimean Tatars to their Russified homeland and the social, emotional and identity problems involved.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004121225
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/26/2001
Series:
Brill's Inner Asian Library Series, #2
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
6.66(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.54(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of illustrations
Glossary
Maps
Introduction. The Crimean Tatars as a Case Study in Ethno-Nationalism and Group Displacement1
Ch. 1Origins. The 'Ethnogenesis' of the Tatars of the Crimea7
Ch. 2Dar al-Islam. The Crimean Tatars from Mehmed the Conqueror to Catherine the Great39
Ch. 3The Pearl in the Tsar's Crown. The Crimean Land and People under Russia73
Ch. 4Dispossession. The Loss of the Crimean Homeland111
Ch. 5Dar al-Harb. The 19th Century Crimean Tatar Migrations to the Ottoman Empire139
Ch. 6Signs and Portents. The Tatars of the Crimea in the Aftermath of the Migration of 1860172
Ch. 7Ak Toprak. The Formation of the Crimean Tatar Communities of the Caucasus, Bulgaria and Romania196
Ch. 8The Great Retreat. The Formation of the Crimean Tatar Diaspora in Turkey227
Ch. 9Yesil Ada. The Construction of Tatar Diasporic Identity in Bulgaria and Romania279
Ch. 10Vatan. The Construction of the Crimean Tatar Homeland301
Ch. 11Soviet Homeland. The Nationalization of Crimean Tatar Identity in the USSR334
Ch. 12Surgun. The Crimean Tatar Exile in Central Asia374
Ch. 13Return. The Post-Soviet Crimean Tatar Migrations from Central Asia to the Crimea411
Bibliography465
Index485

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