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The Abkhazians : a handbook = [Aphsuaa]
Hewitt, B. G.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
288 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
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Series title from jacket.
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Central Library DK679.A25 A225 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Abkhazians are an ancient Caucasian people living mainly on the eastern shores of the Black Sea in the shadow of the Great Caucasus Mountains. Aside from their Caucasian homeland of Abkhazia, there are significant numbers of Abkhazians and their descendants settled throughout Russia and the Middle East, particularly Turkey. Their history, like other peoples and nations of the region, has been closely linked with the expansion of the Russians; the collapse of the Soviet Union, however, resulted in further domination, this time by the Georgian Republic, leading to the catastrophe of the War of 1992-3 and the scattering of the people that followed. With the publication of this book, which includes an entirely new interpretation of Abkhazia's union with Russia over the period from the 18th century to 1917, the relevant facts about Abkhazia have finally become accessible to the English-speaking world.

Table of Contents

IntroductionGeorge Hewitt
Geography and the EnvironmentRoman Dbar
Origin of the Abkhazian PeopleVjacheslav Chirkba
On the Track of Abkhazia's AntiquityGiorgij Shamba
History: First-18th CenturiesOleg Bgazhba
History: 18th Century-1917Stanislav LaK'oba
History: 1917-1989Stanislav LaK'oba
Soviet Abkhazia 1989: Facts & ThoughtsViktor Popkov
History: The Modern PeriodJurij Anchabadze
Military Aspects of the War: The Battle for GagraDodge Billingsley
The Economy: Traditional and ModernDaur Bargandzhia
LanguageGeorge Hewitt
Literature and Linguistic PoliticsVasilij Avidzba
Art, Handicrafts and ArchitectureOleg Bgazhba
ReligionRachel Clogg
DemographyDaniel Muuml;ller
Ethnic CultureJurij Anchabadze

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