The Caucasus : An Introduction by Thomas De Waal

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  • Title: The Caucasus : An Introduction
  • Author: Thomas De Waal
  • Category: Regional Studies
  • Date: 10/28/10
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: 272
  • ISBN: 195399773

 

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In this well-researched and interesting guide, famous journalist Thomas de Waal-author of the extremely acclaimed Black Garden-makes the case that whereas the Caucasus is usually handled as a sub-plot within the historical past of Russia, or as a mere gateway to Asia, the five-day battle in Georgia, which flared into a significant worldwide disaster in 2008, proves that that is nonetheless a flamable area, whose internal dynamics and historical past deserve a a lot more advanced appreciation from the broader world. In The Caucasus, de Waal gives this richer, deeper, and much-needed appreciation, one which reveals that the South Caucasus-Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, and their many smaller areas, enclaves, and breakaway entities-is a captivating and distinct world unto itself. Providing each historic background and an insightful evaluation of the interval after 1991, de Waal sheds mild on how the area has been scarred by the tumultuous scramble for independence and the three main conflicts that broke out with the top of the Soviet Union-Nagorny Karabakh, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia. The guide examines the area as a significant vitality producer and exporter; presents a compelling account of the Rose Revolution in Georgia, the rise of Mikheil Saakashvili, and the August 2008 battle; and considers the failure of the South Caucasus, to date, to turn into a single viable area. In addition, the guide encompasses a dozen or so “containers” which offer transient snapshots of such fascinating facet matters because the Kurds, Turkish-Armenian rapprochement, the promotion of the area because the “Soviet Florida,” and essentially the most well-known of all Georgians, Stalin. The Caucasus delivers a vibrantly written and well timed account of this turbulent area, one that may show indispensable for all involved with world politics. It is, as properly, a stimulating read for armchair travellers and for anybody inquisitive about far-flung corners of the world. present more

 

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