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

ISBN-10: 0814760325

ISBN-13: 9780814760321

Edition: 10th 2013

Authors: Thomas de Waal

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“Brilliant.”—Time  “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 ofBlack Gardenhas 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 conflict.      The revised and 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 Gardenremains a central account of the reality of the post-Soviet world. 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 (Oxford University Press).  
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Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 7/8/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 406
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232

Thomas de Waalis a writer specializing in Russia and the Caucasus. He has reported for, amongst others, theBBC World Service, theMoscow Times, and theTimes of Londonand is co-author ofChechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus(NYU Press). He is currently Caucasus Editor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in London.

Author's Note
Preface to the Revised Edition
Two Maps, of the South Caucasus and of Nagorny Karabakh
Introduction: Crossing the Line
February 1988: An Armenian Revolt
February 1988: Azerbaijan: Puzzlement and Pogroms
Shusha: The Neighbors' Tale
1988-1989: An Armenian Crisis
Yerevan: Mysteries of the East
1988-1990: An Azerbaijani Tragedy
Baku: An Eventful History
1990-1991: A Soviet Civil War
Divisions: A Twentieth-Century Story
Hurekavank The Unpredictable Past
August 1991-May 1992: War Breaks Out
Shusha: The Last Citadel
June 1992-September 1993: Escalation
Sabirabad: The Children's Republic
September 1993-May 1994: Exhaustion
Stepanakert: A State Apart
1994-2001: No War, No Peace
Sadakhlo: "They Fight, We Don't"
2001-2012: Deadlock and Estrangement
Conclusion: Seeking Peace in Karabakh
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