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The Caucasus

An Introduction

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The Caucasus is a new updated version of an essential guide that has introduced thousands of readers to a complex and fascinating region. Thomas de Waal gives a brief and stimulating portrait of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, their multi-layered history, seemingly intractable conflicts and complex politics.
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Margit Kszegi, Eurasian Geography and Economics His book is a factual exploratory work for the interested western readership, which helps to navigate through the complicated political network of the countries of the South Caucasus of great geopolitical importance.

Times Literary Supplement Nobody has dealt with today's Transcaucasia as lucidly as Thomas de Waal.

Krzysztof Strachota [translated by Iwona Reichardt], N/A, New Eastern Europe Thomas de Waal is a very astute author with a special sensitivity to the outside world ... His writings, therefore, are surely a must read ... it has also the potential of influencing western thinking about the Caucasus for generations to come.

The New York Times War Blog A compact but rich book examining the southern side of the range, where combustible difficulties afflict three small post-Soviet countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. ...If ever there was a place that needed a competent and even-tempered guide, this was it. Mr. de Waal provides one. Currently an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, he has traveled through and written of the Caucasus more than most any outsider since the Kremlin's grip over
the region loosened during the Soviet collapse. His book contains history and knowing flair:..will likely have many lives. Why? The wars that broke out in the 1990s are not over. Mr. De Waal's book is welcome now, and most useful. If one of the wars flares up again, it will be essential.

Foreign Policy Assiduously researched and lucid primer. While it may be easier for the distant academic to be dispassionate, de Waal is more than that. Through the past two decades, he has written extensively on, and from, the region for British newspapers and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. He is also the co-author of Chechnya, probably the best contemporary volume on that violent Russian republic. The Caucasus reflects a depth of understanding of the region
that doesn't stray into the didactic. In recent years, other volumes have appeared on the South Caucasus, notably Charles King's The Ghost of Freedom, and Thomas Goltz's diaries of Georgia and Azerbaijan. But de Waal has produced the most important work. And, as with any good book, it leaves the reader
hungering for more.

International Affairs Well-written, accessible and engaging...[De Waal's] magisterial histories are an essential part of a comprehensible explanation of the intractable problems that beset the region.

Ronald Grigor Suny, Professor of Social and Political History, and Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan Thomas de Waal has written one of the most vivid, clear-minded accounts of the history and current troubles of the lands between Russia and Turkey. The Caucasus defines easy explanation, and de Waal deftly untangles the webs of mystification and obfuscation that have so often marred our understanding of why this rich and beautiful region, a cradle of ...

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Thomas de Waal is a writer and scholar on the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Black Sea and the author of four books on the region, including authoritative works on the Armenia-Azerbaijan and Chechnya conflicts. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the think-tank Carnegie Europe, based in London. De Waal has worked as a newspaper journalist in Moscow and a foreign policy analyst in Washington DC.


Author's Note Introduction 1. Among the Mountains 2. Russia's South 3. The Soviet Caucasus 4. Armenia and Azerbaijan: an Intimate Quarrel 5. Georgia's Conflicts: Abkhazia and South Ossetia 6. Caspian Energy and Caucasian Corridors 7. Modern Georgia: Rebirth, Rose Revolution, and Conflict 8. Conclusion: A Modern Tour of the South Caucasus Chronology Notes Index