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Caucasus Chronicles: Nation-Building and Diplomacy in Armenia, 1993-1994 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The author was in Armenia at a difficult but pivotal time. He was excited to be there, hardships notwithstanding, and maybe that¿s why the book was a good read: the author¿s excitement rubs off on the reader. He recalls his adventures, his meetings (with top officials and starving farmers alike), and his impressions. We see a country coping with the collapse of its economy, two years after the breakup of the Soviet Union: for example, a cheese shop full of cheese that turns out to radioactive, dumped from Chernobyl; or waking up, lighting a kerosene heater, and waiting for water in the teapot to thaw before eventually boiling. In the background there is war between neighboring Azerbaijan and the Armenian enclave of Karabagh. We get a look behind the scenes. In one chapter, we are told that according to U.S. and French intelligence reports, Turkey was planning an invasion of Armenia. The suggestion is alarming, and certainly worth looking into. All-in-all, a worthwhile book.