Chechnya: The Case for Independence

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Verso, 2007 - Political Science - 199 pages
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An eloquent case for independence for Europe's forgotten colony.

Since the end of the Cold War, Chechnya has suffered two full-scale Russian military assaults, and is now in the seventh year of a brutal occupation. The casualties remain largely uncounted, and the fundamental issues at stake are routinely sidestepped in Russia and in the West. In this powerful argument for Chechen self- determination, Tony Wood considers Russo-Chechen relations over the past century and a half, as well as the fate of the region since the fall of the Soviet Union. The Case for Chechnya sharply criticizes the role of Western nations in their struggle, and lays bare the weaknessand shamefulnessof the arguments used to deny the Chechens' right to sovereignty.

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This book reminded me of why I was opposed to the Russian invasion of Chechnya in the first place. A very convincing and well-written account, answering many of the objections that one might raise (e ... Read full review

Chechnya: the case for independence

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Wood, an editor atNew Left Review , here expands an article he wrote for that journal. He argues that the small Caucasus enclave of Chechnya was effectively an independent state from 1991 to 1994 and ... Read full review


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Tony Wood is Assistant Editor at New Left Review; his work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books, among other periodicals.

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