Re-making a frontier community or defending ethnic boundaries? The Caucasus in Cossack identity

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The essay focuses on the notion of the Caucasus as a reference point in the construction of Cossack identity in southern Russia. Since the late Soviet period, the Cossack revivalist/nativist movement has emerged in the territories which constituted the frontier zones of Tsarist Russia. Arguably, the historical Cossack hosts were established as a kind of frontier community which played an important role in the expansion of the Russian Empire. This essay examines how post-Soviet Cossacks reinterpret the meanings of the Caucasus as a spatial and cultural realm where, or in relation to which, they produce their identity as a distinct ethnic and cultural community.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1739-1757
Number of pages19
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Issue number9
Early online date1 Oct 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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