In Adyghea the book of Samir Hotko devoted to the history of the Circassians of the XIII-XVI centuries has been published

Samir Hotko Book, Cherkessia

Samir Hotko, Leading Researcher of the Department of Ethnology and Folk Art of the Adyghe Republican Institute of Humanitarian Studies named after Tembot Kerashev (ARIGI), presented the book "Circassia: Genesis, Ethno-political Relations with Countries of Eastern Europe and the Near East (XIII-XVI centuries)".

The publication is a scientific monograph devoted to topical issues of the ethno-political history of the Circassians of the 13th-16th centuries. As reported in the Institute, this was the topic on which Samir Hotko defended his doctoral dissertation, which formed the basis of the published edition.

The structure of this book and the corpus of sources identified for analyzing the problems posed took shape during the 25-year period of the author's continuous research activity. The book tells that the Adyghean ethno-political space during the period under investigation consisted of large feudal estates under the management of related princely dynasties. The development of the Adyghean ethno-political community proceeded under constant military challenges from nomadic states. Circassia not only survived the XIIIth century, which was difficult for all peoples of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, but also turned towards the middle of the XV century into the most significant territory and population of the North Caucasus. Significant for the economic and cultural development of Circassia were its contacts with Genoese Kaffa and Venetian Tana.

- The natives of Circassia were one of the most numerous and closely knit national groups of the Mamluk army and headed the Sultanate of the Mamluks in the period from 1382 to 1517. Sources associated with the Circassian Mamluks provide a very valuable supplementary set of data on the historical ethnography of the Adyghe peoples, - it was reported at ARIGI.