Russia and Azerbaijan: A Borderland in Transition


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Ronald Grigor Suny
Swietochowski's study of twentieth-century Azerbaijan is a unique and groundbreaking work. This is nothing less than the recovery for Western readers of a lost history of a little-known people. By looking on both sides of the Iranian-Russian frontier, he tells the complex and diverse stories that have complicated the processes of nation-building and national identity for the Azeri Turks.
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Addresses the long-standing Russian-Iranian partition of the land west of the Caspian sea and provides a thorough cultural history of a people split by the forces of imperialism.
Swietochowski (Monmouth College) looks at the long-standing Russian- Iranian division of the land south of the Caucasus Mountains in the cultural history of a people torn apart by the forces of imperialism. He explores the conflicts between Europe and Asia, Islam and Christianity, Russia and the Middle East, and Turks and Iranians in the region, and explores questions of identity on both sides of the border. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231070683
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/17/1995
  • Pages: 289
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Parting of the Ways and the New Links 1
2 From the Enlightenment Movement to Political Programs 25
3 The Age of Revolutions and Political Awakening 37
4 Nation-State and Regional Autonomy: Independent Azerbaijan and Azadistan 68
5 Soviet National Consolidation and the Pahlavi Assimilation 104
6 Soviet Occupation and the Autonomy of Iranian Azerbaijan 135
7 The Two Azerbaijans and the Empires in Decline 163
8 Decolonization and Its Crises 193
Epilogue 221
Conclusions 229
List of Abbreviations 237
Notes 239
Bibliography 269
Index 283
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