Let Our Fame Be Great

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2012-08-07
  • Publisher: Basic Books
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The jagged peaks of the Caucasus Mountains have hosted a rich history of diverse nations, valuable trade, and incessant warfare. But today the region is best known for atrocities in Chechnya and the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia. In Let Our Fame Be Great, journalist and Russian expert Oliver Bullough explores the fascinating cultural crossroads of the Caucasus, where Europe, Asia, and the Middle East intersect. Traveling through its history, Bullough tracks down the nations dispersed by the region's last two hundred years of brutal warfare. Filled with a compelling mix of archival research and oral history, Let Our Fame Be Greatrecounts the tenacious survival of peoples who have been relentlessly invaded and persecuted and yet woefully overlooked.

Author Biography

Oliver Bullough studied modern history at Oxford University. Formerly a Reuters Moscow correspondent, he is now Caucasus Editor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. vii
Author's Notep. xiii
Introduction: Let Us Live in Freedomp. 1
The Circassians, 1864
Are You Not a Circassian?p. 15
We Share Happiness, We Share Sadnessp. 32
I Give Thee That Little Birdp. 44
Three Hundred Prime-Bodied Circassiansp. 64
The Caucasus Mountains are Sacred to Mep. 75
Extermination Alone Would Keep Them Quietp. 99
A Pear Tree in the Mountainsp. 114
Here Lived the Circassiansp. 127
The Circassians Do Not Appear in This Listp. 134
The Mountain Turks, 1943-4
A Read Gramphonep. 145
A Dirty Animalp. 154
Three Little Boysp. 162
The Double-Headed Mountainp. 167
I Always Fought against the Class Enemiesp. 185
Liquidate the Bandit Groupp. 195
The 'Unnation' was a New Phenomenonp. 210
Playing Stalinp. 220
Grozny, 1995
War is War, But to Behave in That Way is Not Rightp. 237
A Muslim Submissive to the Will of Godp. 250
The Imam and the Princessesp. 264
Fire is Better Than Shamep. 280
The Old Man Shamilp. 293
People Should Not Return Everp. 307
This is all for the Sake of Allahp. 323
Everyone was Scared of Themp. 340
My Sons were Killedp. 354
Beslan, 2004
We Offer You Peace, and the Choice is Up to Youp. 363
I Cannot Even Raise My Eyes towards Themp. 384
It was all for Nothingp. 400
The Hard Shackles of Evilp. 413
I Have Become No Onep. 428
There is No Need for This Any Morep. 445
Postscript: The Boy Who Chose an Orange, Not a Gunp. 453
Sourcesp. 463
Acknowledgementsp. 477
Indexp. 479
Photo insert between pages 244-245
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