Caucasian Knot, The
The History and Geo-Politics of Nagorno-Karabagh

Paperback
(ISBN: 1-85649-288-5)
$20.00
ZED Books (Publisher)
1994 London
198 pages
Size: 5 1/4" x 8 1/2"
Language(s): English

This book examines the history of Mountainous Karabagh, the ancient Artsakh of the Armenians, and assesses the mass of archaeological material and documentary evidence supporting the conflicting Azeri and Armenian claims. The authors follow the populations of the area from antiquity through periods of Mongol, Turkmen and Persian occupation, on to Turkey's and Russia's entry onto the scene, the period of Bolshevik rule, perestroika and, finally, the war with Azerbaijan. This book highlights the Armenian culture of the evidence, traces Karabagh's demographic evolution and situates the current hostilities in terms of the interests of neighboring Russia, Iran and Turkey. The picture that emerges of a clash of nationalistic passions and of Russian economic, military and diplomatic calculation is a signpost for future conflicts on both sides of the Caucasus. The assertion of the Armenian and Azeri identity and culture remain at the heart of this tragedy. This book helps us to understand why the Armenians feel so strongly that Artsakh is theirs and is worth dying for.

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