Osprey Publishing ESS78 Essential Histories Russias Wars in Chechnya 1994-2009

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Featuring specially drawn full-color mapping and drawing upon a wide range of sources, this succinct account explains the origins, history and consequences of Russia's wars in Chechnya, thereby shedding new light on the history - and prospects - of that troubled region.

Mark Galeotti, an expert on the conflict, traces the progress of the wars, from the initial Russian advance through to urban battles such as Grozny, and the prolonged guerrilla warfare based in the mountainous regions that is common to both wars. He assesses how the wars have torn apart the fabric of Chechen society and their impact on Russia itself, where they have influenced presidential elections and widened the gulf between the military and the rest of society. These were savage conflicts which combined at different times the characteristics of an imperial war, a civil war and a terrorist campaign. The rich tradition of banditry in Chechnya, exemplified by the disproportionately large numbers of Chechens in the Spetsnaz special forces, gave the conflict its particular character, as did the steady shift from the initial nationalism to being inspired by a wider Islamic jihad.

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Published Dec 09 2014
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781782002772
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 20 black and white and 47 colour images; maps.
Dimensions 0 x 0 inches
Series Essential Histories
Short code ESS
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing


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