Featuring specially drawn full-color mapping and drawing upon a wide range of sources, this succinct account explains the origins, history and consequences of Russia's wars in Chechnya, thereby shedding new light on the history - and prospects - of that troubled region.
Mark Galeotti, an expert on the conflict, traces the progress of the wars, from the initial Russian advance through to urban battles such as Grozny, and the prolonged guerrilla warfare based in the mountainous regions that is common to both wars. He assesses how the wars have torn apart the fabric of Chechen society and their impact on Russia itself, where they have influenced presidential elections and widened the gulf between the military and the rest of society. These were savage conflicts which combined at different times the characteristics of an imperial war, a civil war and a terrorist campaign. The rich tradition of banditry in Chechnya, exemplified by the disproportionately large numbers of Chechens in the Spetsnaz special forces, gave the conflict its particular character, as did the steady shift from the initial nationalism to being inspired by a wider Islamic jihad.
About the Author
Professor Mark Galeotti, formerly senior lecturer in international history at Keele University, is Clinical Professor of Global Affairs, New York University. He is a former Foreign Office adviser on Russian security affairs, and for 15 years (1991-2006) wrote a monthly column on this for Jane's Intelligence Review. The author lives in New York, NY.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This volume is a good example of what an Osprey publication can provide, a concise and easily readable but comprehensive review of a given conflict , weapon series, military unit, or campaign. In this case the reader gets a chronology, cast of characters , and chain of events to help him understand the Caucasus wars of recent years. It's a nice piece of the puzzle to have and useful for looking at the larger matrix of events. I'm not expert enough to know if author Galeotti made any errors or omitted something important. From other readings of his material I feel confident I received an accurate synopsis of the conflict in this region.