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The Sabres of Paradise: Conquest and Vengeance in the Caucasus

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The Caucasus--a region of supreme natural beauty and fiercely proud warriors--has throughout history been characterized by violence and turmoil. During the Great Caucasus War of 1834-1859, the warring mountain tribes of Daghestan and Chechnya united under the charismatic leadership of the Muslim chieftain Imam Shamyl, the "Lion of Daghestan", and held at bay the invading R ...more
Paperback, Revised, 512 pages
Published November 13th 2004 by Tauris Parke Paperbacks (first published 1960)
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Steve Scott
A fair treatment of the early struggles of the struggles in Central Asia against the Russian Empire. One my black belt gave this to me about six years ago or so.

Given recent events having to do with the Boston bombing, this is a good starter for those wanting to know more about the history of the region and the religious conflicts surrounding it.
Matthew Griffiths
This has proved to be quite a difficult one to review. if we took the story of Shamyl that this book presents at its face value I would happily have given it a more positive review. unfortunately to be fair I must take into account the authors added comments that are liberally spread throughout the book which unfortunately only add insight into her racism at times. Whenever describing Russians or the varied peoples of the Caucasus she often resorts to flimsy generalisations about oriental cruelt ...more
It is hard to imagine a book with such great strengths and weaknesses combined. This is a superb history of Shamyl, a Muslim from Dhaghistan who fought the Russians. The book is superbly researched and brilliantly written and has background on the whole era. Yet, it lacks maps so the battles are obscure. It is full of things that are no longer valid: racist comments, steriotypes, generalizations. And the author makes no attempt to hide his admiration for Shamyl so the book is grossly biased. St ...more
Recep Pehlivan
Epic ... Loved it!
Mansoor Azam
lovely book. i was thrilled by the events and the way they were described. it was definitely a learning experience about a place which was little known before and a hero which is seldom talked about. it has a certain romantic touch to it.
Bruno de Maremma
Wide ranging and densely detailed accounts of the life of Shamyl and his attempts to defeat the russian invasion of the Caucasus. You can see the recent ongoing conflicts in Chechnya as an extension of this resistance. Very enlightening.
Long and hilarious, a classic example of Orientalism in historical writing about the "exotic" Russians and Caucasians.
The style took a little while to get into, but soon enough I was captivated.
A great biography of a great character, Sheikh Shamil.. of Chechnya (Daghestan)
Gill Shaddick
One of my favourite books of all time.
Read an earlier edition.
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