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The Circassian Genocide (Genocide, Political Violence, Human Rights)

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Circassia was a small independent nation on the northeastern shore of the Black Sea. For no reason other than ethnic hatred, over the course of hundreds of raids the Russians drove the Circassians from their homeland and deported them to the Ottoman Empire. At least 600,000 people lost their lives to massacre, starvation, and the elements while hundreds of thousands more were forced to leave their homeland. By 1864, three-fourths of the population was annihilated, and the Circassians had become one of the first stateless peoples in modern history.

Using rare archival materials, Walter Richmond chronicles the history of the war, describes in detail the final genocidal campaign, and follows the Circassians in diaspora through five generations as they struggle to survive and return home. He places the periods of acute genocide, 1821–1822 and 1863–1864, in the larger context of centuries of tension between the two nations and updates the story to the present day as the Circassian community works to gain international recognition of the genocide as the region prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the site of the Russians’ final victory.

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This book chronicles the history of the war between Russia and Circassia, describes in detail the final genocidal campaign, and follows the Circassians in diaspora through five generations as they struggle to survive and return home. It updates the story to the present day as the Circassian community works to gain international recognition of the genocide as the region prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the site of the Russians’ final victory over the Circassians.

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As a child growing up in Cambodia, Ronnie Yimsut played among the ruins of the Angkor Wat temples, surrounded by a close-knit community. As the Khmer Rouge gained power and began its genocidal reign of terror, his life became a nightmare. In this stunning memoir, Yimsut describes how, in the wake of death and destruction, he decides to live.

Escaping the turmoil of Cambodia, he makes a perilous journey through the jungle into Thailand, only to be sent to a notorious Thai prison. Fortunately, he is able to reach a refugee camp and ultimately migrate to the United States, where he attended the University of Oregon and became an influential leader in the community of Cambodian immigrants. Facing the Khmer Rouge shows Ronnie Yimsutandrsquo;s personal quest to rehabilitate himself, make a new life in America, and then return to Cambodia to help rebuild the land of his birth.

About the Author

RANACHITH (RONNIE) YIMSUT is an author and activist and has been the subject of independent documentary films and reports by CBS News, NBC News, and PBS, among others. His many written works include Journey to Freedom and In the Shadow of Angkor. A senior landscape architect for the USDA Forest Service, he is also involved in national and international NGOs.

DAVID CHANDLER, Ph.D., author of the book's foreword, is a professor emeritus of history at Monash University in Australia.

DANIEL SAVIN, M.D.,, author of the book's afterword, is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Schoold of Medicine.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by David P. Chandler, Ph.D.

Preface: Between Worlds

Acknowledgments: A Book Is Born

Family Tree of Ranachith (andquot;Ronnieandquot;) Yimsut

Chronology

1. Childhood Idyll: Siem Reap

2. Bamboo in the Wind: Regime Change in Siem Reap

3. An Uncivil War: Heavy Shelling in Siem Reap

4. Shocks and Surprises: Angkor Wat and Domdek

5. A Time of Plenty: Back Home in Siem Reap

6. An Era Is Ended: Siem Reap under Siege

7. An Empty Village: Kroby Riel and Siem Reap

8. A Great Leap Backward: Keo Poeur, Kok Poh, and Kork Putrea

9. The Death of Dogs: Tapang

10. Miracle at the Temple: Wat Yieng

11. Dead Weight: Ta Source Hill and the Massacre Site

12. Kill or Be Killed: Korbey Riel, Dorn Swar, and Prey Roniem

13. Barefoot Escape: Srae Noy, Resin Mountain, and the Deep Northern Jungle

14. Alien Worlds: Din Daeng, Sisaketh, Buriram, and Aranya Prathet

15. Urban Jungle: Washington, D.C., Seattle, and Oregon State

16. Back to the Past: Oregon State, Siem Reap, and Phnom Penh

17. Back in Time: Oregon State and Phnom Penh

18. Turning Point: Elections in Phnom Penh

19. Facing the Khmer Rouge: Siem Reap, Ta Source Hill, the Massacre Site, and Pailin

20. Lights: Siem Reap and Phnom Penh

Epilogue

Afterword: The Healing and Reconciling Process, by Daniel Savin, M.D.

Notes

Glossary

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813560670
Author:
Richmond, Walter
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Author:
Savin, David
Author:
Yimsut, Ronnie
Author:
Chandler, David P.
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Genocide, Political Violence, Human Rights
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 family tree, 2 maps
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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This book chronicles the history of the war between Russia and Circassia, describes in detail the final genocidal campaign, and follows the Circassians in diaspora through five generations as they struggle to survive and return home. It updates the story to the present day as the Circassian community works to gain international recognition of the genocide as the region prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the site of the Russians’ final victory over the Circassians.

"Synopsis" by ,

As a child growing up in Cambodia, Ronnie Yimsut played among the ruins of the Angkor Wat temples, surrounded by a close-knit community. As the Khmer Rouge gained power and began its genocidal reign of terror, his life became a nightmare. In this stunning memoir, Yimsut describes how, in the wake of death and destruction, he decides to live.

Escaping the turmoil of Cambodia, he makes a perilous journey through the jungle into Thailand, only to be sent to a notorious Thai prison. Fortunately, he is able to reach a refugee camp and ultimately migrate to the United States, where he attended the University of Oregon and became an influential leader in the community of Cambodian immigrants. Facing the Khmer Rouge shows Ronnie Yimsutandrsquo;s personal quest to rehabilitate himself, make a new life in America, and then return to Cambodia to help rebuild the land of his birth.

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