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The Sabres of Paradise: Conquest and Vengeance in the Caucasus (Tauris Parke Paperbacks) Paperback – 12 Jun 2004
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"I can imagine no better introduction to modern Russia."--"New York Times Book Review"
"A masterly account of Chechnya's struggle against 19th-century Tsarist Russia, ominously relevant to today's conflict. [Blanch's] portrait of Shamyl, the Chechen leader-prophet, was widely admired and Blanch is still consulted by historians."--"The Sunday Times" (London)
"This reissue ... is to be warmly applauded. The result of four years of research and local travel, this is a uniquely original and fresh introduction to a forgotten world and in particular to that of the most important colonial war of the 19th Century."--Lawrence Kelly
""I can imagine no better introduction to modern Russia.""--New York Times Book Review
The Caucasus - a region of supreme natural beauty and fiercely proud warriors - has throughout history been characterised by violence and turmoil. During the Great Caucasus War of 1834-1859, the warring mountain tribes of Daghestan and Chechnya united under the charismatic leadership of the Muslim chieftain Imam Shamyl, the 'Lion of Daghestan'. For twenty-five years this disparate band of guerrillas held at bay the mighty armies of invading Russia - strengthened only by the desire for an independent Caucasus and their religious faith. Their ferocious battles have inspired generations of fighters and their memory continues to haunt the Russian psyche. Lesley Blanch vividly recounts the epic story of their heroic and bloody struggle and the life of a man still legendary in the Caucasus. This is an extraordinary account, particularly relevant in light of the continuing conflict in Chechnya today.See all Product description
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I had read this book many years ago, and wanted to refresh my memory. It is even more interesting and poignant than remembered. Definitely recommended to anyone who wants to know more about the stark Caucus.
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Brilliant depiction of an ongoing problem. Should be required reading for every high school student. It won't disappoint.