The Establishment of Soviet Power in Abkhazia: Ethnicity, Contestation and Clientalism in the Revolutionary Periphery

Blauvelt, Timothy (2014) The Establishment of Soviet Power in Abkhazia: Ethnicity, Contestation and Clientalism in the Revolutionary Periphery. Revolutionary Russia, 27 (1). pp. 22-46. ISSN 0954-6545

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Abstract

This article investigates the intersection of Soviet nationality policy, ethno-federal territorialism, clientalism and the creation of new administrative institutions and in the course of the establishment of Soviet power in Abkhazia, an ethnically diverse territory in the periphery of the former tsarist empire. Based on materials from the Georgian archives, as well as from the personal collections of Efrem Eshba and Nestor Lakoba, this article demonstrates the ways in which nationality policy played out at the local level and how the ‘indigenization’ of local titular elites intersected with contestations over power and the distribution of resources inherent to the construction of the new institutions of Soviet rule.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JJ Caucasian Studies
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
D History General and Old World > DX Ethnic History
D History General and Old World > DM Georgian - Abkhaz Relations
D History General and Old World > DI Georgian History
J Political Science > JT Political Science (Soviet Studies)
Divisions: Institutes > Institute for Modernity Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Timothy Blauvelt
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 07:28
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 07:28
URI: http://eprints.iliauni.edu.ge/id/eprint/4574

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