Violence in Secessionist Warfare

Valery Tishkov

in Chechnya

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238879
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930209 | DOI:
Violence in Secessionist Warfare

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This chapter focuses on the widespread violence that surfaced in the Chechen conflict and in Chechen society during secessionist warfare. The Chechen war was neither a conflict between two ethnic groups nor one between two states, but a group-versus-state conflict. The fact that President Yeltsin launched a military invasion into the breakaway region without the necessary technical and logical preparation complicated matters immediately and substantially. This invasion turned into a large-scale conflagration, triggered not only by the Chechen separatists' armed resistance and ferocious ambush attacks on the troops but by the army and internal security troops' cruelty to Chechens. The Chechen war was unusual in how vaguely the enemy was identified and in the exceptional brutality of the participants. These factors characterize what is called demodern phenomena: accepted limitations on violence are abandoned and society increasingly lapses into anarchy and chaos.

Keywords: anarchy; Chechen society; secessionist warfare; President Yeltsin; Chechen separatists; demodern phenomena

Chapter.  12635 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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