The Tsar’s Abolitionists

The Slave Trade in the Caucasus and Its Suppression


This book presents a well-documented and important analysis of slavery and slave trade in the Caucasus within the fascinating contexts of Russian empire-building and emerging imperial identity of the Russian state as well as of the local political strategies of Caucasian political actors.

The author offers a compelling, multi-layered analysis that is accessible to comparativists since it presents an important comparative case for slavery and its abolition, which helps us understand slavery in the broader contexts of both the ancient and western colonial worlds.

The historical detail and use of frequent primary source quotations provide a lively sense of reality to this well-worked regional history with substantial comparative significance.

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Biographical Note

Liubov Kurtynova-D'Herlugnan, Kandidat (1989) in History, Institute of African and Asian Studies, Moscow State University, Ph.D. (1997) in History, State University of New York, Binghamton, specializes in Middle Eastern
and Caucasian cultures. She is currently teaching courses on Russian history and modern Turkey at Northwestern University.

Table of contents


Chapter One: the Caucasus, Geography and People
• Why was Slave Trade so Important for the Caucasian Societies

Chapter Two: Christians in Heterodox Captivity
• The Historical Roots of Russian Abolitionism in the Caucasus
• The Two Abolitionisms: The European Enterprise and a Distant Cousin from Russia
• Historical Myth and Mythical History: Muscovy and the Caucasus before the 18th Century
• The Beginning: First Attempts to Ban Slave Trade

Chapter Three: The Southern Caucasus

Chapter Four: The Northern Caucasus

Conclusion: Explaining an Unlikely Abolitionism




All those interested in the studies of empire-building, frontier studies, slavery and abolitionism, history of Russia, history of the Caucasus and of the Ottoman empire, women's studies.

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