The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
an early feudal state that arose at the turn of the tenth century in the central part of the Northern Caucasus. It disintegrated as a result of Mongol Tatar invasions at the beginning of the 13th century.
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