Black Garden

Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War

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"Brilliant."—Time

"This book is a major milestone in the Western scholarship on Karabakh."—Armenian Freedom Network

"Some of the most illuminating - and alarming - reading in de Waal's book includes the battle of historia

"Brilliant."—Time

"This book is a major milestone in the Western scholarship on Karabakh."—Armenian Freedom Network

"Some of the most illuminating - and alarming - reading in de Waal's book includes the battle of historians and writers on both sides. They fire polemical missiles at each other through bscure history and literary journals, denigrating and, in some cases, obliterating the history and identity of the other side."—Eurasianet

"Only rarely does a university press publish such a gripping, poignant book as this. . . . This is an impressive work of careful scholarship and vivid writing."—Choice

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

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 Politburo 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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Ha scritto il 22/09/08
A fantastic account of the vicious but little-known war between Armenia and Azerbaijan that brought down the Soviet Union and showed how friendly neighbourly relations can almost overnight turn into genocidal aggression. The conflict continues to thi

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