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A complex and subtle portrait of a beautiful and fascinating region, blighted by historical prejudice and conflict

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ContentsAuthor's Note ixPreface to the Revised Edition xiiiTwo Maps, of the South Caucasus and of Nagorny Karabakh xviii-xixIntroduction: Crossing the Line 11. February 1988: An Armenian Revolt 112. February 1988: Azerbaijan: Puzzlement and Pogroms 303. Shusha: The Neighbors' Tale 464. 1988-1989: An Armenian Crisis 565. Yerevan: Mysteries of the East 746. 1988-1990: An Azerbaijani Tragedy 837. Baku: An Eventful History 968. 1990-1991: A Soviet Civil War 1089. Divisions: A Twentieth-Century Story 13910. Hurekavank: The Unpredictable Past 15811. August 1991-May 1992: War Breaks Out 17212. Shusha: The Last Citadel 1969780814760321_de waal_text.indd 7 4/23/13 9:08 AMviii*CONTENTS13. June 1992-September 1993: Escalation 20714. Sabirabad: The Children's Republic 22915. September 1993-May 1994: Exhaustion 23716. Stepanakert: A State Apart 25217. 1994-2001: No War, No Peace 26218. Sadakhlo: "They Fight, We Don't" 27919. 2001-2012: Deadlock and Estrangement 284Conclusion: Seeking Peace in Karabakh 305Appendix 1: Statistics 325Appendix 2: Chronology 329Notes 341Bibliography 367Index 375About the Author 387All illustrations appear as a group following p

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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.


"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

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