The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus

Paperback | November 25, 2009

byCharles King

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Named by Moscow Times "the History Book of the Year," The Ghost of Freedom combines riveting storytelling with insightful analysis, in the first general history of the modern Caucasus, stretching from the beginning of Russian imperial expansion up to the rise of new countries after the SovietUnion's collapse. In evocative and accessible prose, Charles King reveals how tsars, highlanders, revolutionaries, and adventurers have contributed to the fascinating history of this borderland, providing an indispensable guide to the complicated histories, politics, and cultures of this intriguingfrontier. Based on new research in multiple languages, the book shows how the struggle for freedom in the Caucasus has been a perennial theme over the last two hundred years, shining valuable light on the origins of modern disputes, including the ongoing war in Chechnya, conflicts in Georgia andAzerbaijan, and debates over oil from the Caspian Sea and its impact on world markets. The paperback edition features new material, including an Afterword on the Russian-Georgian war of 2008.

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Named by Moscow Times "the History Book of the Year," The Ghost of Freedom combines riveting storytelling with insightful analysis, in the first general history of the modern Caucasus, stretching from the beginning of Russian imperial expansion up to the rise of new countries after the SovietUnion's collapse. In evocative and accessibl...

Charles King is Ion Ratiu Professor of Romanian Studies, Professor of International Affairs, and Professor of Government at Georgetown University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.1 × 6.1 × 0.6 inPublished:November 25, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195392396

ISBN - 13:9780195392395

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Empires and Boundaries2. Rule and Resistance3. The Imaginary Caucasus4. Nations and Revolutions5. Time of TroublesEpilogue: Continental ShiftBibliographic Essay

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"Charles King's Ghost of Freedom is a work that's gripping and important, scholarly and wonderfully readable. It not only explains and analyzes one of our world's most strategic regions but also delivers all the exotic and romantic turbulence of these flamboyant warriors and poets and theextraordinary peoples of the Caucasus." --Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Young Stalin