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Borderlands Orientalism or How the Savage Lost his Nobility
The Russian Perception of the Caucasus between 1817 and 1878
Reihe: Studies on South East Europe
Bd. 19, 2017, 316 S., 34.90 EUR, 34.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-50788-4
In Russia's cultural memory, the Caucasus is a potent point of reference, to which many emotions, images, and stereotypes are attached. The book gives a new reading of the development of Russia's perception of its borderlands and presents a complex picture of the encounter between the Russians and the indigenous population of the Caucasus. The study outlines the history of a region standing in between Russian reveries and Russian imperialism.
Dominik Gutmeyr is historian at the Department for Southeast European History and Anthropology at the University of Graz, Austria.