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Leone Musgrave "Brothers in Need and Injustice: Sub- and Supranationalisms in the North Caucasus during the Breakup of the Romanov Empire" Graduate Student Brown Bag Talk

Wed, Apr 16, 12:00 pm
Ballantine Hall 004

Leone Musgrave, a PhD candidate in the Department of History will be giving a talk entitled "Brothers in Need and Injustice: Sub- and Supranationalisms in the North Caucasus  during the Breakup of the Romanov Empire" on Wednesday, April 16th at noon in Ballantine Hall 004.

"Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, autonomist, separatist, and Islamist movements have emerged in the North Caucasus to either unite many of the area's linguistic groups into one Caucasian whole, or to establish new, linguistically particular nation states. Could North Caucasian politics after 1991 have been predicted based on Caucasians' political choices after the breakdown of Russian metropolitan power in 1917? Examining events and political discourse from Ossetia, Chechnia, and Dagestan in the years during and immediately following the Russian revolutions, this presentation recreates the subnational and supranational affinities that motivated North Caucasian political speech in the early 20th c. I argue that ethno-linguistic nationalism as it is most commonly understood today did not exist in the area at the time, but that Caucasian peoples nonetheless mobilized family, clan, and tribal systems, as well as socialist and Islamist ideologies against Russian and Soviet colonialism. Those campaigns embraced autonomist, separatist, and Islamist movements similar to those seen in the later 20th and early 21st century movements, but via more peaceful and political methods than those for which the Caucasus is most commonly known today."

This is a talk in the new Graduate Student Brown Bag Talks, designed to allow students to share their research, work, experiences and goals with their peers.