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Honoring Moshe Gammer 1950-2013

Many readers will have already learned that a great historian of the Caucasus and Central Asia, Moshe Gammer, died last week.  Several scholars who knew him personally have written moving obituaries.  In case you missed them:

His department colleague, Ehud R. Toledano, writes:

Professor Gammer was a scholar of a rare kind, almost extinct in modern-day academia.  … his main contribution was no doubt to the history of Central Asia and the Caucasus during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Here, he was a traditionalist, a true student of the late LSE Professor Elie Kedourie, under whose supervision he wrote his dissertation about Shamil’s revolt.

Ron Sela of Indiana University considers a class he took with Gammar to have been:

… a formative experience for me that clearly influenced the trajectory of my career. I still have all my course notes and I sometimes glance at them to see what was imparted to me as an undergraduate student.

He will be missed, but his work will live on.  Please leave any memories of Gammer or links to other obituaries in the comments.