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The Northern Caucasus

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This chapter seems to be highly indicative of the realities that the Russian administration encountered in the Northern Caucasus. A succession of Russian Commanders-in-Chief of the Caucasian army made few attempts at any civil incorporation of the region or at developing a system of civil administration. The slave-trading institutions constituted the foundation, on which all the economic and social structures of the local societies were built. The Russian government was painfully aware of the smugglers activities, as well as of the movements of the foreign travelers who were interested in visiting the highlanders of the Caucasus. The popular and successful measures taken by Vorontsov for the incorporation of the Transcaucasian territory were, quite obviously, impractical for the Northern Caucasus. Control of the coastal line of the Northern Caucasus remained among the top priorities of the Russian administration in the Caucasus at all times: before, during and after the Crimean war.

Keywords: Caucasian army; Crimean war; Northern Caucasus; Russian government; Transcaucasian territory



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