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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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Introduction: Nature's Bulwark

Introduction: Nature's Bulwark

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The Ghost of Freedom

Charles King (Contributor Webpage)

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The introduction describes the geographical setting of the Caucasus, highlighting the region's diversity, from high mountains peaks to arid steppe. It discusses the major ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, and emphasizes the multiple forms of identity that have been available to Caucasus peoples over the centuries, as they learned to thrive at the intersection of the Russian, Ottoman, and Persian empires. Major groups in the region include the Armenians, Georgians, Chechens, Dagestanis, and Circassians.

Keywords:   Caucasus, Mountains, Chechens, Circassians, Dagestanis, Ottoman Empire, Persian Empire, Russian Empire

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