'A Homeless People'
Transitions Online, 16 May 2014
4 Pages Posted: 20 May 2015
Date Written: May 16, 2014
Circassian history is known only in the broadest of outlines to regional specialists and not at all to most outside observers. The destruction of the Shapsug, Abkhaz, Adyghe, Ubykh, and Kabardian peoples – collectively called Circassian and resident for millennia on the north shore of the Black Sea – did not occur in a single historical moment. Nor was it ever wholly complete. The annihilation transpired over generations, and traversed the vast territories of the Russian and Ottoman empires during their most expansive phases. This review Walter Richmond's The Circassian Genocide (2013) revisits that traumatic past.
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