The Abkhazians: A Handbook

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George B. Hewitt
St. Martin's Press, 1998 - History - 288 pages
The Abkhazians are an ancient Caucasian people living mainly on the eastern shores of the Black Sea in the shadow of the Great Caucasus Mountains. Aside from their Caucasian homeland of Abkhazia, there are significant numbers of Abkhazians and their descendants settled throughout Russia and the Middle East, particularly Turkey. Their history, like other peoples and nations of the region, has been closely linked with the expansion of the Russians; the collapse of the Soviet Union, however, resulted in further domination, this time by the Georgian Republic, leading to the catastrophe of the War of 1992-3 and the scattering of the people that followed. With the publication of this book, which includes an entirely new interpretation of Abkhazia's union with Russia over the period from the 18th century to 1917, the relevant facts about Abkhazia have finally become accessible to the English-speaking world.

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Lots of information, but not entirely trustable: In case you are not already familiar with Abkhazia, let me give a very brief summary of its current situation. Abkhazia (or Abkhazeti to Georgians, or ... Read full review

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Highly biased book, based on one sided assessments of the History of Abkhazia and especially its relationship to the national identity of Georgia. The author is an excellent linguist, speaking both abkhaz and georgian to perfection. Unfortunately his historical expertise is influenced by his personal life, rather then objective study of the subject. He refuses to analyze the Abkhaz problem within a larger context of the History of Caucasus, while echoing a sad stance of Abkhazian ethnocentric nationalism.
On the other hand, the book is valuable as an introduction to Abkhaz culture and a better acquaintance with its specifics. Must be read carefully, with the understanding that it is written with a quite agressive and often unjustified anti-georgian rhetoric.

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