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Book of the Week: ‘The Caucasus: An Introduction’ by Thomas de Waal.

We’re certainly intrigued.

As with Black Garden, de Waal’s magnum opus on the Karabagh issue, The Caucasus is not going to please everybody.

The presentation is balanced and comprehensive, offering a well-rounded overview and some insights into the details of the histories of Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, including their territorial disputes, which remain unresolved. The book focuses more on the post-Soviet histories of the countries and, in particular, the changes in Azerbaijan and Georgia, including energy politics, the Rose Revolution, as well as the August 2008 war with Russia.


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