Probing the Dynamics of Cultural Exchange and Identity Shifts: A Comprehensive Exploration of Abkhazia and Krasnodar Krai's Shared Histories


  • Mirian Nioradze Research Associate at the Young Women for Change in Caucasus (Sukhumi Office)


Forced Deportation of Circassians, Russian Empire, Homogenuous Soviet Identity, South Caucasus, Eastern orthodoxy, Abkhazian Paganism


This academic exploration investigates deeply into the complex interplay of cultural exchanges and transformations between the regions of Abkhazia and Krasnodar Krai. These regions are inherently linked by their shared histories and common identities, making them a fascinating focal point for this rigorous inquiry. Through a meticulous analysis of various factors encompassing culture, society, and politics, this research seeks to unveil the nuanced processes through which these two regions have mutually shaped each other over time, giving rise to the evolution of novel cultural practices, traditions, and self-perceptions.

The study also draws extensively from a diverse range of sources, including historical records, ethnographic studies, and in-depth interviews with key stakeholders. The central argument put forth in this scholarly work posits that, notwithstanding the backdrop of political strife and conflict, an enduring undercurrent of cultural exchange and transformation continues to persist between Abkhazia and Krasnodar Krai, providing a solid foundation for prospective reconciliation and collaborative efforts.

The findings of this investigation make a significant contribution to our understanding of the intricate relationships between regional entities, cultures, and the identities they mold. Furthermore, this research underscores the pivotal importance of cultural exchange and open dialogue as catalysts for peace and mutual understanding.


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