Hoover Institution fellow John B. Dunlop provides a historical context in which to understand the Russian invasion of Chechnya in December 1994, tracing events from 4,000 BC to the time of the invasion in his new book Russia Confronts Chechnya: Roots of a Separatist Conflict, now available from Cambridge University Press ($54.95, hardback; $18.95, paperback).
Dunlop carefully examines the historic encounter between Chechens and Russians, first during the period before Peter the Great and then in imperial Russia. He also discusses in detail the genocide and oppression endured by the Chechens under the Communists. The convulsive "Chechen Revolution" of 1991, which brought General Dzhokhar Dudaev to power, is described, as are developments within Chechnya during 1992--1994. Dunlop traces the negotiation process between the Russian Federation and secessionist Chechnya, explaining the reasons for the breakdown in the quest for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
John B. Dunlop is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and from 1995 to 1997 was a member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Russian and East European Studies at Stanford University. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of eight previous books, including The Rise of Russia and the Fall of the Soviet Union (1993).
Russia Confronts Chechnya: Roots of a Separatist Conflict is available from Cambridge University Press at 1-800-872-7423.