Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War, 10th Year Anniversary Edition, Revised and Updated

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“Brilliant.”―Time  “Admirable, rigorous. De Waal [is] a wise and patient reporter.”―The New York Review of Books  “Never have all the twists and turns, sad carnage, and bullheadedness on all side been better described―or indeed, better explained...Offers a deeper and more compelling account of the conflict than anyone before.”―Foreign Affairs  Since its publication in 2003, the first edition of Black Garden has become the definitive study of how Armenia andAzerbaijan, two southern Soviet republics, were pulled into a conflict thathelped bring them to independence, spell the end the Soviet Union, and plunge aregion of great strategic importance into a decade of turmoil. This importantvolume is both a careful reconstruction of the history of the Nagorny Karabakhconflict since 1988 and on-the-spot reporting of the convoluted aftermath. Partcontemporary history, part travel book, part political analysis, the book isbased on six months traveling through the south Caucasus, more than 120original interviews in the region, Moscow, and Washington, and uniquehistorical primary sources, such as Politburo archives. The historical chapterstrace how the conflict lay unresolved in the Soviet era; how Armenian andAzerbaijani societies unfroze it; how the Politiburo failed to cope with thecrisis; how the war was fought and ended; how the international communityfailed to sort out the conflict. What emerges is a complex and subtle portraitof a beautiful and fascinating region, blighted by historical prejudice andconflict. The revisedandupdated 10th-year anniversary edition includes a new forward, a newchapter covering developments up to-2011, such as the election of newpresidents in both countries, Azerbaijan’s oil boom and the new arms race inthe region, and a new conclusion, analysing the reasons for the intractabilityof the conflict and whether there are any prospects for its resolution. Tellingthe story of the first conflict to shake Mikhail Gorbachev's Soviet Union, Black Garden remains a central accountof the reality of the post-Soviet world.

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"This book is helpful because in order to craft a final resolution to the conflict, one must understand what events transpired in the first place. De Waal's book significantly contributes to this purpose and establishes itself as one of the standard works for understanding this conflict."-Parameters

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

"This book provides a highly informative and evenhanded analysis of the history of the current conflict in Nagorno Karabakh and a portrait of the modern Caucasus republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan....The book also contains a useful chronology of important events.  Summing Up: Highly recommended."-N. Entessar ,CHOICE

"Never have all the twists and turns, sad carnage, and bullheadedness on all sides been better described–or, indeed, better explained...Offers a deeper and more compelling account of the conflict than anyone before."-Foreign Affairs

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

"Brilliant."-Time

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Thomas de Waal has reported on Russia and the Caucasus since 1993 for the Moscow Times, The Times of London, The Economist, and the BBC World Service. He is currently Senior Associate, Caucasus at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His publications include, most recently, The Caucasus: An Introduction.

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