Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War By Thomas de Waal
Publisher NYU Press | ISBN: 0814719449 | edition 2003 | PDF | 337 pages | 1,29 Mb
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 Politboro archives.
The historical chapters trace how the conflict lay unresolved in the Soviet era; how Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders exacerbated it; how the Politiboro 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.
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