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:

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In an armed conflict, not only are goals of both a practical and ideological nature pursued, and military prowess displayed, but both direct and indirect participants also engage in what is commonly called good and bad behavior. For all the circumstances and explanations, the issue of what the Chechen war represents and how to end it are situated in the realm of human interactions, and, in the author view's, is of a global-historical nature. The boundary between violence and nonviolence, between peace and war, is very unstable, and it is all too easy to cross it, even unwittingly. No society is immune to open conflict, including conflict between peoples of similar cultures. Even the slightest of differences can be used to justify violence. The real rupture takes place during war itself, however, which is why restoring peace is more complicated than starting a war. But it is possible to refrain from war if the danger is understood and the boundary is perceived.

Keywords: ideological nature; military prowess; Chechen war; nonviolence; peace

Chapter.  3702 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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