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Under Siege: Inter-Ethnic Relations in Abkhazia (Columbia/Hurst)

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ISBN-13: 978-0231701303
ISBN-10: 0231701306
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This well-researched, original volume is one of the very few scholarly books in English about the internal dynamics of Abkhazia. Highly recommended.

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Apart from presenting ethno-political processes from a historic perspective, Under Siege discusses popular attitudes to Abkhazia's political status and explains the establishment of rule in which the ethnic Abkhaz occupy a privileged position in society. The volume also reviews the legislative provisions of the de facto state and analyzes the institutional and administrative framework for governance of minorities in the state entity. Finally, it suggests ways to resolve the ethno-political knot in this troubled Caucasus region. A groundbreaking study, Under Siege derives its strength from painstaking research conducted among diverse communities. It makes every effort not to accept the historical and ethnopolitical narratives propagated by the Georgian and Abkhazian sides and achieves a remarkable objectivity.

(Jonathan Wheatley, regional director of the Centre for Democracy in Aarau (Switzerland), author of Georgia from National Awakening to Rose Revolution: Delayed Transition in the Former Soviet Union)

Product Details

  • Series: Columbia/Hurst
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (September 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231701306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231701303
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,122,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The book, written in late 2008 and published in 2010, looks at the ethnic dimension of Abkhazia, and how the state is working to keep the ethnic Abkhaz identity alive amongst a sizeable minority population. Though short (only about 130 pages) it has a lot of information on the topic, and looks at things like education, government, and the human rights situation in Abkhazia. Overall the authors conclude that due to the history of the Abkhaz people, they are a lot more reluctant to promote non-Abkhaz identities, and favour the ethnic Abkhaz, though doing so is hindering the development of Abkhazia as a viable, independent state. Granted some of the opinions are a little out of date now, it is still a worthwhile book for anyone interested in the modern ethnic situation in Abkhazia.
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Format: Hardcover
Profoundly deep analysis of a crucial flashpoint in world politics.
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