Download e-book for kindle: Bitter Choices: Loyalty and Betrayal in the Russian Conquest by Michael Khodarkovsky

By Michael Khodarkovsky

Russia's try to consolidate its authority within the North Caucasus has exerted a negative fee on either side because the mid-nineteenth century. Michael Khodarkovsky's ebook tells the tale of a unmarried guy with a number of allegiances and offers a concise and compelling background of the mountainous area among the Black and Caspian seas. After forays starting within the overdue 1500s, Russia tenuously conquered the peoples of the area within the 1850s; the crusade was once outlined through a cruelty on either side that validated a development repeated in our personal time, fairly in Chechnya.

At the guts of Khodarkovsky's sweeping account is Semën Atarshchikov (1807-1845). His father used to be a Chechen translator within the Russian military, and Atarshchikov grew up with roots in either Russian and Chechen cultures. His facility with neighborhood languages earned him speedy merchandising within the Russian military. Atarshchikov loved the arrogance of his superiors, but he observed the violence that the Russians inflicted at the local inhabitants and used to be torn among his tasks as a Russian officer and his affinity with the highlanders. two times he abandoned the military to hitch the highlanders in raids opposed to his former colleagues. in any case he used to be betrayed via a compatriot who sought to achieve desire with the Russians by means of killing the notorious Atarshchikov.

Khodarkovsky areas Atarshchikov's lifestyles in a wealthy context: we examine greatly concerning the region's geography, its peoples, their heritage, and their conflicts with either the Russians and each other. Khodarkovsky finds disputes one of the Russian commanders and the regulations they recommended; a few argued for humane methods yet consistently misplaced out to those that most popular extra violent capability. Like Hadji Murat-the hero of Tolstoy's final nice work-Atarshchikov moved backward and forward among Russian and native allegiances; his biography is the tale of the North Caucasus, one as appropriate this day as within the 19th century

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