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‘Çerkesya Prensi’: Sefer Bey Zanuko ve Çerkesya Bağımsızlık Mücadelesi

“Prince of Circassia”: Sefer Bey Zanuko and the Circassian Struggle for Independence

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Abstract (2. Language): 
Prince Sefer Bey Zanuko (d. 1860) was probably the most famous and well documented Circassian leader during the war against Russia in the first half of the nineteenth century. Nevertheless, no thorough research has been carried out to date on him in English. This article deals with Sefer Bey's crucial role in guiding, assisting and leading the Circassian resistance to the Russian conquest of the Northwest Caucasus in the nineteenth century and sheds new light on a topic that has been almost completely neglected in Western research so far.
Abstract (Original Language): 
Prens Sefer Bey Zanuko’nun (öl. 1860) 19. yüzyılın ilk yarısında Rusya’ya karşı savaşan Çerkes liderlerin muhtemelen en ünlüsü olduğu ve hakkında kayıtlı en çok bilgiye sahip olduğumuz lider olduğu söylenebilir. Bununla birlikte Zanuko hakkında bugüne kadar ciddi bir çalışma yapılmamıştır. Bu makale, Sefer Bey’in Kuzeybatı Kafkasya’nın Rusya tarafından işgaline karşı oluşan Çerkes direniş hareketi içerisinde oynadığı kritik rolü (yardım, yönlendirme ve liderlik etme) irdeleyerek Batı akademik dünyasında neredeyse tamamen göz ardı edilmiş bir konuya dikkat çekmektedir.

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