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Russo-Chechen conflict, 1800-2000 : a deadly embrace
Seely, Robert.
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Portland, OR : Frank Cass, [2001]

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xi, 333 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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DK511.C37 S44 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In 1994, the mountain territory of Chechnya was witness to the largest military campaign staged on Russian soil since World War II. The Russo-Chechen war is examined within the context of the bitter history between the two peoples, culminating in the expression of conflict from 1994-1996.

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Russia's war in Chechnya is one of modern history's bloodiest and cruelest. Seely's account of its origins is a trenchant indictment of both Russian and Chechen leaders, particularly the former. The bulk of the book is devoted to the intrigues in Moscow and Grozny during the 1990s, which led to the disastrous Russian invasion in December 1994. A former journalist, Seely spent several years during the 1990s in the former Soviet Union, independent Russia, and Chechnya. His central thesis is that the Russo-Chechen war was largely the result of political and economic forces in Russia. Both Gorbachev and Yeltsin used the Chechen issue in their respective struggles for power. Ironically, Yeltsin initially coveted the support of the nationalities on Russia's periphery as part of his reformist critique of the Soviet "center." But in the mid-1990s his battle against nationalistic political opponents drove him to resort to the suppression of the Chechens. Seely's account is gripping, and his overall conclusions are telling. There are some problems: he relies heavily on media sources that are often speculative; some of his findings are based on circumstantial evidence; and there are occasional errors of fact. But these flaws do not vitiate his basic arguments. Recommended for undergraduates and up. J. L. Nogee emeritus, University of Houston

Table of Contents

First encounters
the 20th century
battles in the centre - coups in Chechnya
Dudayev's regime - the handover of Soviet military hardware
from the October Putsch to the Chechen War
guns, oil, drugs, power -other theories about the war
the military operation
New Year's Eve attack on Grozny
the war in the mountains