Language Aspects of Ethnic Patterns and Processes in the North Caucasus
Author: Ronald Wixman
Publisher: University of Chicago, Dept. of Geography
Place of Publication: Chicago, USA
Number of pages: 243 / 263
Research paper (University of Chicago) No. 191.
My interest in this region and topic was, to a great extent, an outgrowth of many years of working closely with my mentor professor Alexandre Bennigsen. His intellectual stimulation, guidance, and encouragement has profoundly affected my own intellectual development and academic interests. No words can express my deep gratitude and fondness for him.
Of the numerous other people who have assisted in the preparation of this study, most notable is Professor Chauncy D. Harris. One could not ask for a more knowledgeable and capable advisor. His constructive criticisms, innumerable suggestions in terms of form and style, and great understanding helped immensely in the writing of this work. I am deeply indebted to him also for inviting me to come and study with him at the University of Chicago.
Also influential in the preparation of this work were professors Marvin W. Mikesell and Jeremy R. Azrael at the University of Chicago, Professor Steven Reynolds at the University of Oregon, and Paul Goble, a friend and colleague at the University of Chicago. All of these men served as sounding boards for my ideas, and helped in the formulation of this text. My gratitude is extended to all of them for their help and advice.
I also wish to thank most heartily the numerous members of the North Caucasian community in the New York area, and in particular the Committee for the Liberation of the North Caucasus, for their cooperation and generosity in sharing their experiences and wisdom with me. I am grateful for being allowed to publish this information. It is hoped that this study meets their approval.
A debt of gratitude is also owed to the Department of Geography and the Committee on Slavic Area Studies for providing me with financial aid during my stay at the University of Chicago. Without such support this study would not have been possible.
To my colleagues at the University of Oregon in the Geography Department and the Russian and East European Studies Committee, and Professor Thomas M. Poulsen at Portland State University, many many thanks for your constant encouragement, patience and understanding during the past three years.
I would also like to thank most sincerely my closest friends for all they did for me during this most trying period. My indebtedness to Carl Silverman, Robert Nowak, and Judy Kosovich, my friends among friends, is immeasurable. Most of all, I extend my deepest appreciation and gratitude to Stephen Glaser, my life-long friend, for helping me to achieve all that I have. If not for their constant moral support, generosity and forbearance this work might not have been completed.
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