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Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War, 10th Year Anniversary Edition, Revised and Updated

Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War, 10th Year Anniversary Edition, Revised and Updated (Paperback)

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"Admirable, rigorous. De Waal [is] a wise and patient reporter."-The New York Review of Books

"Never have all the twists and turns, sad carnage, and bullheadedness on all side been better described-or indeed, better explained...Offers a deeper and more compelling account of the conflict than anyone before."-Foreign Affairs

Since its publication in 2003, the first edition of Black Garden has become the definitive study of how Armenia and

Azerbaijan, two southern Soviet republics, were pulled into a conflict that

helped bring them to independence, spell the end the Soviet Union, and plunge a

region of great strategic importance into a decade of turmoil. This important

volume is both a careful reconstruction of the history of the Nagorny Karabakh

conflict since 1988 and on-the-spot reporting of the 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

historical primary sources, such as Politburo archives. The historical chapters

trace how the conflict lay unresolved in the Soviet era; how Armenian and

Azerbaijani societies unfroze it; how the Politiburo failed to cope with the

crisis; how the war was fought 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


The revisedand

updated 10th-year anniversary edition includes a new forward, a new

chapter covering developments up to-2011, such as the election of new

presidents in both countries, Azerbaijan's oil boom and the new arms race in

the region, and a new conclusion, analysing the reasons for the intractability

of the conflict and whether there are any prospects for its resolution. Telling

the story of the first conflict to shake Mikhail Gorbachev's Soviet Union, Black Garden remains a central account

of the reality of the post-Soviet world.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesInterdisciplinary studiesRegional studies Publisher: New York University Press Publication Date: 08/07/2013 ISBN-13: 9780814760321  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Thomas de Waal has reported on Russia and the Caucasus since 1993 for the Moscow Times, The Times of London, The Economist, and the BBC World Service. He is currently Senior Associate, Caucasus at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His publications include, most recently, The Caucasus: An Introduction.

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