The Lone Wolf And the Bear: Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule

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The Lone Wolf and the Bear examines the Russo-Chechen conflict, from early Russian expansion into the Caucasus in the sixteenth century to the current war between Russia and Chechnya.  Moshe Gammer offers a comprehensive study of modern Chechen history, its people and cultures, and the factors of Russo/Soviet influence and modernization that have molded Chechen self-perception and enflamed the passions of separatism.  Perhaps the most ethnically diverse region in the world, Chechnya claims over seventy native groups, yet it is unified in its opposition to Russian control and the quest for nationhood.

Through difficult research (many historic documents on Chechnya have been destroyed by Russian authorities, and Chechen documentation is scarce), Gammer assembles the stories of a fiercely independent people and their three-hundred-year struggle against domination by the world power of Russia, a conflict that continues today.

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"This is an excellent study, and it is one that is badly needed. It is well written and has a clear and, by and large, persuasive narrative thesis. It is also a groundbreaking work. It is the only work that has attempted to grapple with such a large chronological swath of Chechen history, and to integrate those periods into a coherent whole. This is no mean feat because several of the periods have barely been studied."--Michael Reynolds, Harvard University

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Moshe Gammer is senior lecturer in Middle Eastern and African history at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Muslim Resistance to the Tsar: Shamil and the Conquest of Chechnia and Daghestan.

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