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Iskhak Mashbash, Circassian poet and novelist

Iskhak Mashbash Turns 90 Today

28 May, 2020

Today is the 90th birthday of Iskhak Mashbash (Circassian: Мэщбэшӏэ Исхьакъ), the famous Circassian poet and novelist. President Aslan Bzhania has congratulated Iskhak Mashbash, a People’s Writer of Adyghea, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia and...

Abkhazians in 1867

Ritual Folklore of the Abkhazians Salakaia, by Sh. Kh. Salakaia (1975)

28 May, 2020

Soviet Anthropology and Archeology, Vol. 14:1-2, 168-178, July 1975. Depending on the nature of their economies, different types of ritual poetry moved to the fore among different peoples at various times...

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Caucasia and the Caucasus, by A. Gugushvili (1943)

27 May, 2020

Caucasia and the CaucasusAuthor:  A. GugushviliYear: 1943Publisher: Journal of The Royal Central Asian Society Volume 30, 1943 - Issue 2 [pp.174-190]Place of Publication: London, EnglandNumber of pages: 18Language: English

From the book: Trans-Caucasia by Harold Buxton (1926)

Four Positions on the Recognition of States in and after the Soviet Union, with Special Reference to Abkhazia, by Bruno Coppieters

27 May, 2020

Europe-Asia Studies Vol. 70, No. 6, August 2018, 991–1014  Issue 6: Manifestations of Nationalism: The Caucasus from Late Soviet Times to the Early 1990s Abstract This essay looks at why, how and with...

An Armenian girl writes on the chalkboard at school

Peoples and Languages of the Caucasus. A Synopsis (1959)

27 May, 2020

Peoples and Languages of the Caucasus. A SynopsisAuthors: Bernard Geiger, Tibor Halasi-Kun, Aert Kuipers, Karl H. Menges [Columbia University]Year: 1959Series: Janua Linguarum Publisher: 'S-Gravenhage: Mouton & Co Place of Publication: The Hague, NetherlandsNumber of pages: 79Language: English

5th Congress of the CPC (Grozny, Dec., 1993) (Shanibov, 2nd from the right. Speaker: Shamil Basaev)

From the Idea of Caucasian Unity to Regional Fragmentation: The North Caucasus, 1990–1999, by Cem Oğuz

27 May, 2020

The Caspian Region Volume II The Caucasus Edited by Moshe Gammer. Published August 5, 2004 by Routledge PART II UNATTAINABLE IDEAL? ATTEMPTS AT UNITY IN THE NORTHERN CAUCASUS From the Idea of Caucasian...

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Park of Glory in Sukhum

Abkhazia Twenty Years On, Some Thoughts, by John Colarusso

03 May, 2013

Reflections on Abkhazia: [14 August] 1992-2012 The Republic of Abkhazia, factually an independent state with limited formal recognition, a client of Moscow, and unlikely ever to be a component of Georgia in any form, bears a mark upon it, “Made in...

History

Abkhazians who took part in the 1866 Lykhny uprising. Photo by D. I. Yermakov (1867)

Thirty years of "guilt" (1877-1907), by Stanislav Lakoba

14 March, 2013

Reflections on Abkhazia: [14 August] 1992-2012 Immediately after the Caucasian War (21 May 1864), in June 1864 the independent princedom of Abkhazia was abolished, and the sovereign prince Mikhail Shervashidze (Chachba) was subjected to political repression; in 1866, he died in...

Conflict

Old Parliament Building, Sukhum

Abkhazia: a problem of identity and ownership, by George B. Hewitt - Central Asian Survey

21 October, 2008

Abkhazia: a problem of identity and ownership  History and Documents Central Asian Survey, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 267–323, 1993 by George B. Hewitt The Abkhazians living in Turkey have preserved very well the customs, language and dances  carried  there  from  Abkhazia  by  their ...

Conflict

Eduard Shevardnadze (left) and Vladislav Ardzinba - Georgian - Abkhaz Conflict

Origins and Evolutions of the Georgian-Abkhaz Conflict, by Stephen D. Shenfield

15 October, 2008

In this paper* I trace the emergence and evolution of the Georgian—Abkhaz conflict up to the invasion of Abkhazia by Georgian forces on August 14, 1992. I try to pinpoint the most crucial events and causative factors, and to infer...

History

Lapinski: Abkhaz people are the last in the Caucasus who still put up resistance to the Muscovites

23 May, 2020

In June 1861, on the initiative of the Ubykhs, a 'mejlis' (parliament) was constituted not far from Sochi; it was known as 'The Great and Free Assembly'. The Ubykhs, the Circassian Shapsughs and Abadzekhs/Abzakhs, and the Abkhazian tribes of Ahchypsy...

Confederation of Mountain Peoples of the Caucasus.

How nations united: Formation of the Confederation of Caucasian Peoples

28 February, 2020

Everyone who is somehow familiar with the history of the Patriotic War of the people of Abkhazia could not help but hear about the Assembly of Mountain Peoples of the Caucasus, which was soon renamed the Confederation. This is no...

Abkhazia Resettlement Construction 1941

Resettlement to Abkhazia

14 February, 2020

After most of Abkhazia’s indigenous Abkhazians were expelled to Ottoman lands firstly at the end of the Great Caucasian War (1864) and then following the Russo-Turkish War (1877-78), their vacated lands immediately started to attract colonisation from such diverse incomers...

Abkhazians who took part in the 1866 Lykhny uprising. Photo by D. I. Yermakov (1867)

Thirty years of "guilt" (1877-1907), by Stanislav Lakoba

14 March, 2013

Reflections on Abkhazia: [14 August] 1992-2012 Immediately after the Caucasian War (21 May 1864), in June 1864 the independent princedom of Abkhazia was abolished, and the sovereign prince Mikhail Shervashidze (Chachba) was subjected to political repression; in 1866, he died in...

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Fenya Latsushba was born in 1913 in the village of Djgerda.

Outliving the Century: the story of a centenarian woman from Djgerda

20 May, 2020

In the village of Djgerda, on the periphery of civilization, where even the dirt road has long been overgrown with grass, lives centenarian Fenya Latsushba, who turned 107 a few days ago. It is impossible to listen to her story without...

Sebnem Marshan

House for an architect: how a repatriate, Shabnam Marshan, found herself in Abkhazia

27 April, 2020

Architect Şebnem (Shabnam) Marshan from Turkey decided to stay in Abkhazia forever after spending two weeks here. As for what made her return to her historical homeland and how the life of a repatriate in the ‘Land of the Soul’...

The Milky Falls. Abkhazia

Ritsa-Auadhara National Park, Abkhazia

23 March, 2020

The Ritsa National Park is located in the mountainous part of Abkhazia on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Range, between the Ghegha River and the Pshchitsa River. It was founded in 1996 on the basis of the Ritsa...

Ajika | Adjika Abkhazian Chilli hot paste

Pepper and Stone: how to 'produce' Abkhazian ajika

04 February, 2018

The secrets of the ancient method of preparing the Abkhazian national seasoning known as ajika [adjika or adzhika; Abkhaz: аџьыка] and the transformation of hot pepper and spices on stone into a unique, fragrant and piquant ‘masterpiece’ were revealed to a correspondent...

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