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The Ghost of FreedomA History of the Caucasus$
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Charles King

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177756

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177756.001.0001

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 Rule and Resistance

 Rule and Resistance

(p.64) Two Rule and Resistance
The Ghost of Freedom

Charles King (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The Caucasus is sometimes portrayed as an Islamic wall blocking the expansion of Russia to the Near East. While the north Caucasus is home to many Muslim communities, Islam was not always a source of resistance to Russian imperialism. This chapter charts the varied forms of governance and rebellion in the Russian Caucasus from the 1820s to the 1860s, the period of intense warfare for control of the highlands. Themes include the resistance movement led by Shamil, the period in office of the reforming viceroy Mikhail Vorontsov, and the exile of Circassians at the end of the Caucasus wars.

Keywords:   Caucasus, Circassians, Islam, Shamil, Vorontsov, Mikhail

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