Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War / Edition 1

Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War / Edition 1

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by Thomas de Waal, de Waal Thomas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814719457

ISBN-13: 9780814719459

Pub. Date: 08/25/2004

Publisher: New York University Press

Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2003

Black Garden is the definitive study of how Armenia and Azerbaijan, two southern Soviet republics, got sucked into a conflict that helped bring them to independence, bringing to an end the Soviet Union, and plaguing a region of great strategic importance. It cuts between a careful reconstruction of the history

Overview

Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2003

Black Garden is the definitive study of how Armenia and Azerbaijan, two southern Soviet republics, got sucked into a conflict that helped bring them to independence, bringing to an end the Soviet Union, and plaguing a region of great strategic importance. It cuts between a careful reconstruction of the history of Nagorny Karabakh conflict since 1988 and on-the-spot reporting on its convoluted aftermath.

Part contemporary history, part travel book, part political analysis, the book is based on six months traveling through the south Caucasus, more than 120 original interviews in the region, Moscow, and Washington, and unique primary sources, such as Politburo archives.

The historical chapters trace how the conflict lay unresolved in the Soviet era; how Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders exacerbated it; how the Politiburo failed to cope with the crisis; how the war began and ended; how the international community failed to sort out the conflict.

What emerges is a complex and subtle portrait of a beautiful and fascinating region, blighted by historical prejudice and conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814719459
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/25/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Author’s Note
Preface to the Revised Edition
Two Maps, of the South Caucasus and of Nagorny Karabakh
Introduction: Crossing the Line
1. February 1988: An Armenian Revolt
2. February 1988: Azerbaijan: Puzzlement and Pogroms
3. Shusha: The Neighbors’ Tale
4. 1988–1989: An Armenian Crisis
5. Yerevan: Mysteries of the East
6. 1988–1990: An Azerbaijani Tragedy
7. Baku: An Eventful History
8. 1990–1991: A Soviet Civil War
9. Divisions: A Twentieth-Century Story
10. Hurekavank: The Unpredictable Past
11. August 1991–May 1992: War Breaks Out
12. Shusha: The Last Citadel
13. June 1992–September 1993: Escalation
14. Sabirabad: The Children’s Republic
15. September 1993–May 1994: Exhaustion
16. Stepanakert: A State Apart
17. 1994–2001: No War, No Peace
18. Sadakhlo: “They Fight, We Don’t”
19. 2001–2012: Deadlock and Estrangement
Conclusion: Seeking Peace in Karabakh

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Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This outstanding book explains the complex situation that exists between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The explanation is brilliant, clear, easy to understand even for someone who is not familiar with this area of the world. It is a must have for anyone who wishes to know what is happening in these former Soviet Republics.