Turkic peoples have been living on and around the Crimean Peninsula and the Pontic Steppe (Deşt-i Kıpçak, Dzikie Pola, Loca Deserta) for over a millennium. As the Crimean peninsula changes hands before our eyes once again, we take a moment to reflect on the history and fate of its native inhabitants, the Crimean Tatars. Join Professor Hakan Kırımlı in The Wild Field in an exploration of Crimean Tatars’ self-identification and their historical relationships with neighboring Turkic peoples and the colonial power of Russia.
Professor Hakan Kırımlı of Bilkent University teaches Russian and Soviet history, with particular emphasis on the Black Sea region, and the Turkic peoples of the Crimea, Volga-Ural region, and the Caucasus.
Dr. Zaur Gasimov is Research fellow at the Orient Institut Istanbul (Max Weber Foundation). His field of research is Russian and East European intellectual history as well as Turkish-Russian Relations. (see academia.edu)
Michael Połczyński is a Doctoral candidate at Georgetown University working on early modern Ottoman frontiers in Europe. (see academia.edu)
Kırımlı, Hakan. 1996. National movements and national identity among the Crimean Tatars, 1905-1916. Leiden: E.J. Brill.