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Caucasus World: Peoples of the Caucasus


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This series of handbooks provides a ready introduction and practical guide to the many peoples and languages of the Caucasus. Each handbook includes chapters written by experts in the field, covering all aspects of the people, including their history, religion, politics, economy, culture, literature and media, plus pictures, chronologies and appendices of up-to-date statistics, maps and bibliographies. Each volume in the Peoples of the Caucasus series will be an indispensable resource to all those with an interest in the Caucasus.

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The Hemshin: History, Society and Identity in the Highlands of Northeast Turkey

The Hemshin: History, Society and Identity in the Highlands of Northeast Turkey

1st Edition

Hovann Simonian
August 04, 2015

The Hemshin are without doubt one of the most enigmatic peoples of Turkey and the Caucasus. As former Christians who converted to Islam centuries ago yet did not assimilate into the culture of the surrounding Muslim populations, as Turks who speak Armenian yet are often not aware of it, as Muslims...

The Kalmyks

The Kalmyks

1st Edition


May 08, 2015

The Kalmyks are in a unique position among the peoples of Europe in several respects, most conspicuously as being the only Buddhist people group in Europe. Until recently they had been a nomadic people, grazing their flocks and herds in the steppe lands north of the Caspian Sea, between the Volga...

The Armenians: Past and Present in the Making of National Identity

The Armenians: Past and Present in the Making of National Identity

1st Edition

Edmund Herzig, Marina Kurkchiyan
April 10, 2015

A comprehensive introduction to the historical forces and recent social and political developments that have shaped today's Armenian people. With contributions from leading Armenian, American and European specialists, the book focuses on identity formation, exploring how the Armenians' perceptions...

The Abkhazians: A Handbook

The Abkhazians: A Handbook

1st Edition

George Hewitt
April 07, 2015

This handbook provides a ready introduction and practical guide to the Abkhazian people and language. It includes chapters written by experts in the field, covering all aspects of the people, including their history, religion, politics, economy, culture, literature and media, plus pictures,...

The Circassians: A Handbook

The Circassians: A Handbook

1st Edition

Amjad Jaimoukha
April 07, 2015

The Circassians have a long history forged in the crucible of their homeland in the mountains and valleys of the Northwest Caucasus. Of the many peoples of the Caucasus, they are notable for their wide and vociferous diaspora, particularly in Turkey and the Middle East. After living for many...

The Chechens: A Handbook

The Chechens: A Handbook

1st Edition

Amjad Jaimoukha
December 23, 2014

This book provides a ready introduction and practical guide to the Chechen people and some little-known and rarely-considered aspects of Chechen culture, including customs and traditions, folklore, arts and architecture, music, and literature. It also narrates Chechen history from ancient times and...

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