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Black garden : Armenia and Azerbaijan through peace and war

Thomas De Waal (Author)
"In the beautiful hills of the Caucasus, Armenia and Azerbaijan are still locked in a quarrel that has blighted the entire region between Russia and Iran, the Black and the Caspian Seas. The dispute over Nagorny Karabakh made the first tears in the fabric of Gorbachev's Soviet Union in 1988 and so can lay claim to ending the Soviet empire. In 1991-94 it became the first interstate war in the former USSR, leading to twenty thousand deaths and one of the biggest refugee flows of modern times, with more than a million people still displaced from their homes." "In Black Garden, Thomas de Waal tells the full story of this tragic quarrel and its aftermath for the first time. He travels the length and breadth of Armenia and Azerbaijan, talking to veterans, refugees and the inhabitants of ruined towns and villages. He recreates the story of the descent into conflict of two former Soviet neighbors, its disastrous consequences and the confused efforts of the "Great Powers"--Russia, France and the United states - to bring peace to the Caucasus."--Jacket
Print Book, English, 2004
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New York University Press, New York, 2004
xiii, 337 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
9780814719442, 9780814719459, 0814719449, 0814719457
Crossing the line
February 1988 : an Armenian revolt
February 1988 : Azerbaijan : puzzlement and pogroms
Shusha : the neighbors' tale
1988-89 : an Armenian crisis
Yerevan : mysteries of the East
1988-90 : an Azerbaijani tragedy
Baku : an eventful history
1990 : 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 : exhaustion
Stepanakert : a state apart
1994-2001 : no war, no peace
Sadakhlo : the future
Originally published: New York University Press, 2003