The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus

The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus

by Charles King
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195392396

ISBN-13: 9780195392395

Pub. Date: 11/11/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Ghost of Freedom combines riveting storytelling with insightful analysis, in the first general history of the modern Caucasus, stretching from the beginning of Russian imperial expansion up to the rise of new countries after the Soviet Union's collapse. In evocative and accessible prose, Charles King reveals how tsars, highlanders, revolutionaries, and

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The Ghost of Freedom combines riveting storytelling with insightful analysis, in the first general history of the modern Caucasus, stretching from the beginning of Russian imperial expansion up to the rise of new countries after the Soviet Union's collapse. In evocative and accessible prose, Charles King reveals how tsars, highlanders, revolutionaries, and adventurers have contributed to the fascinating history of this borderland, providing an indispensable guide to the complicated histories, politics, and cultures of this intriguing frontier. Based on new research in multiple languages, the book shows how the struggle for freedom in the Caucasus has been a perennial theme over the last two hundred years, shining valuable light on the origins of modern disputes, including the ongoing war in Chechnya, conflicts in Georgia and Azerbaijan, and debates over oil from the Caspian Sea and its impact on world markets. This edition features a new epilogue on the Russian-Georgian war of 2008.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195392395
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/11/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
412,883
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Empires and Boundaries
2. Rule and Resistance
3. The Imaginary Caucasus
4. Nations and Revolutions
5. Time of Troubles
Epilogue: Continental Shift
Bibliographic Essay

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