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The Circassian Diaspora in Turkey A Political History by Zeynel Abidin (SOAS, UK) Besleney
  

The Circassian Diaspora in Turkey A Political History

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Part of the Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics Series

Synopsis

The Circassian Diaspora in Turkey A Political History by Zeynel Abidin (SOAS, UK) Besleney

A North Caucasian ethnic group that has been largely obscured in world history as a result of their expulsion from their homeland by Tsarist Russia in the 1860s, Circassians now comprise significant communities not only in the Northwest Caucasus but also in Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Europe and the US. The Circassian Diaspora investigates how a community of impoverished migrants has evolved into a well-connected and politically active diaspora. This book explores the prominent role Circassians played during the Turco-Greek War or the Turkish National Liberation War of 1919-1922, and examines the changing nature of Circassians' relations with the Turkish and Russian states, as well as the new actors of Caucasian politics such as the US, the EU, and Georgia. Suggesting that the Circassian case should be studied alongside those of the Jews, Armenians and other diasporas whose formation is fundamentally tied up to a violent detachment from their homeland, and arguing that Circassian diaspora politics is not a post-Soviet phenomenon but has a history dating back to early 20th Century, this book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of Diaspora Studies, History, and Politics.

About the Author

Zeynel Abidin Besleney is an independent researcher focussing on Russian, Eurasian, Caucasian, and Turkish Politics, Nationalism and Identity Politics, and Diaspora Studies.

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Book Info

Publication date

13th March 2014

Author

Zeynel Abidin (SOAS, UK) Besleney

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Publisher

Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd

Format

Hardback
224 pages

Categories


Migration, immigration & emigration
Regional studies

ISBN

9780415730464

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