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Mobilizing in Uncertainty: Collective Identities and War in Abkhazia

Anastasia Shesterinina


How do ordinary people navigate the intense uncertainty of the onset of war? Different individuals mobilize in different ways — some flee, some pick up arms, and some support armed actors as civil war begins. Drawing on nearly two hundred in-depth interviews with participants and nonparticipants in the Georgian–Abkhaz war of 1992–1993, this book explores Abkhaz mobilization decisions during that conflict. The book's approach underscores the uncertain nature of the first days of the war when Georgian forces had a preponderance of manpower and arms. It demonstrates, in contrast to explanations t ... More

Keywords: Georgian–Abkhaz war, Georgian–Abkhaz conflict, Abkhaz mobilization, collective conflict identity, violence, intergroup conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501753763
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501753763.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anastasia Shesterinina, author
University of Sheffield