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Russia confronts Chechnya : roots of a separatist conflict
Dunlop, John B.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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xi, 234 pages : maps ; 24 cm

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In this book John Dunlop provides an understanding of the background to the Russian invasion of Chechnya in December 1994, tracing events from 4,000 BC to the time of the invasion. The historic encounter between Chechens and Russians, first during pre-Petrine, and then with imperial Russia, is carefully examined. The genocide and oppression endured by the Chechens under the communists is discussed in detail. The convulsive 'Chechen Revolution' of 1991, which brought General Dzhokhar Dudaev to power, is described, as are internal developments within Chechnya during 1992-4. The author traces the negotiation process between the Russian Federation and secessionist Chechnya, elucidating the reasons for the breakdown of the quest for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

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The bloody war that erupted in Chechnya in 1994 caught everyone by surprise. Despite its importance, it took five years for Western authors to produce a book on the subject. Three books have appeared in the past year. Two are by journalists: Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power (1998), by Anatol Lieven, and Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus (1998), by Carlotta Gall and Thomas De Waal. The latter provides a good sense of how the war was fought; Lieven is more concerned with reflecting on the implications for the Russian state. The Dunlop book is a clearly written and balanced account of the origins of the conflict. One-third of it deals with the tortured history of Chechen-Russian relations, two thirds with the period 1990-94. Dunlop is writing a second volume on the war itself. Few faculty will assign two books on the Chechen war, so it is a pity Dunlop could not produce a single volume. He is strong in analyzing Moscow's strategies and its interactions with the Chechen leadership. There is relatively little here about social structure and the character of Chechen nationalism in the 1990s, although Dunlop does cite some interesting evidence on the surplus population as a factor conducive to conflict. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above. P. Rutland; Wesleyan University

Table of Contents

1 The Chechens encounter Russia;
2 Soviet genocide;
3 The eruption of the æChechen RevolutionÆ;
4 Dudaev in power, 1992û1994;
5 Russia confronts
4 secessionist Chechnya, 1992û199