By Bruce Grant
The Caucasus area of Eurasia, wedged in among the Black and Caspian Seas, encompasses the fashionable territories of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, in addition to the stricken republic of Chechnya in southern Russia. a website of invasion, conquest, and resistance because the onset of old list, it has earned a name for fearsome violence and remoted mountain redoubts closed to outsiders. Over prolonged efforts to regulate the Caucasus zone, Russians have lengthy mythologized tales in their countrymen taken captive by way of bands of mountain brigands.
In The Captive and the Gift, the anthropologist Bruce supply explores the lengthy courting among Russia and the Caucasus and the capability through which sovereignty has been exercised during this contested sector. Taking his lead from Aleksandr Pushkin's 1822 poem "Prisoner of the Caucasus," provide explores the intense resonances of the topics of violence, captivity, and empire within the Caucasus via mythology, poetry, brief tales, ballet, opera, and picture. furnish argues that whereas the ordinary Russian captivity narrative mirrored a variety of political positions, it quite often and compellingly urged a imaginative and prescient of Caucasus peoples as thankless, lawless topics of empire who have been unwilling to recognize and settle for the presents of civilization and defense prolonged by means of Russian leaders.
Drawing on years of box and archival learn, provide strikes past fantasy and mass tradition to indicate how real-life Caucasus practices of trade, against this, aimed to regulate and cut down instead of unharness and raise violence. the result's a historic anthropology of sovereign varieties that underscores how enduring renowned narratives and shut readings of formality practices can make clear the administration of pluralism in long-fraught international areas.
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