A colonial experiment in cleansing: the Russian conquest of Western Caucasus, 1856–65

  title={A colonial experiment in cleansing: the Russian conquest of Western Caucasus, 1856–65},
  author={Irma Kreiten},
  journal={Journal of Genocide Research},
  pages={213 - 241}
  • Irma Kreiten
  • Published 2009
  • Engineering
  • Journal of Genocide Research
In the course of colonial conquest, Russian military policy underwent a process of radicalization which culminated in the expulsion of most of the local population. This policy was explicitly referred to as “cleansing” by Russian contemporaries. Even though imperial Russian officials did not yet think in ethnic terms and were not backed up by biologistic concepts, their images of Northern Caucasians had become highly essentialized. In the case of the Circassians from Western Caucasus, this… Expand
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