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The Circassian question: Russian colonial history in the Caucasus and a case of "long-distance nationalism"

Die Tscherkessen-Frage: russische Kolonialgeschichte im Kaukasus und ein aktueller Fall von "long distance nationalism"

Halbach, Uwe

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract On 21 May 2014 Circassians all over the world marked the 150th anniversary of the expulsion of their ancestors from their North Caucasian homeland. The links between this unresolved legacy of Russian colonial history and President Putin's prestigious Winter Olympics in Sochi have reinvigorated Circassian activism. While different objectives and methods coexist within the movement, the demand for acknowledgement of the wrongs inflicted on their forebears is shared by both the remaining Circassian population in the North Caucasus and Russia (about 700,000) and the worldwide diaspora (several million). What challenges does this present for Russia? (author's abstract)
Keywords Russia; Caucasus region; ethnic group; population group; minority; diaspora; political conflict; genocide; coming to terms with the past; autonomy; national identity; policy of recognition; remigration; international organization
Classification Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnosociology
Free Keywords Russische Föderation; Nordkaukasien (Russische Föderation); Ethnische Bevölkerungsgruppe/Volksgruppe; Tscherkessen; Politische Forderungen; Genozid; Autonomiebewegung; Bedeutung/Rolle; Kolonialgeschichte
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 37/2014
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications