Chechnya: History of Conflict

Chechnya: History of Conflict

Much of Chechnya’s history is based on its location. It is located in the Caucasus region, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.

This region is mostly mountainous and has been difficult to pass for centuries. Like most mountainous areas, this isolation led to lots of different ethnic groups.

The Caucasus region can be divided into a north and southern area.

The northern area, closer to Russia, is very fragmented with various cultural, religious pockets. The northern region includes Chechnya, Ossetia, and Dagestan and is mostly Muslim.

The southern region, closer to Persia, is much more stable and has been easier for large outside forces to control. Southern region includes, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, and is mostly Christian, but with large Muslim populations.

Azerbaijan is an exception and is mostly Shiite Muslim.

Even though they have a history of conflict going back almost 300 years, Chechens and Russians are ethnically different. They share a culture and language similar to Dagestan, Armenia, and Ingushetia, which are closer to Persian than Russian.

Russian Political Aims Leads to Invasion

In the early 1700’s the Russian Empire began to expand its political military influence. It started by conquering land from the Persian Safavid Empire.

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2 Responses to Chechnya: History of Conflict

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