Of Christianity, Enlightenment, and Colonialism: Russia in the North Caucasus, 1550-1800

The notion of the Russian colonial policies in the North Caucasus before the military conquest of the region in the 1820s may be greeted with reasonable skepticism. Indeed, Russia's imperial dimensions and its colonial experience have been slow to become the object of a focused and sustained reexamination and are yet to be integrated into the larger field of colonial studies. Issues concerning the early Russian empire traditionally have been subsumed in larger studies of Russian imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries because of the paucity of earlier sources and the not always warranted assumption that the later centuries have greater relevance to the contemporary situation....


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