Armenia in Crisis: The 1988 Earthquake

Armenia in Crisis: The 1988 Earthquake

by Pierre Verluise, Gerard Chaliand, Levon Chorbajian

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French journalist and Soviet expert Verluise describes the devastating earthquake that killed tens of thousands and forced the Soviet government to request international assistance for the first time in its history. He also explores the resulting political controversies that contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union. He draws on personal interviews and press reports to set the context of the massive protests earlier in the year calling for reform in the Armenian republic, and Soviet construction methods and disaster preparedness. Originally published as Armenie: La Fracture (1989) by Editions Stock, Paris. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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