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PUBL.- Azerbaijan: Legacies of the Past and the Trials of Independence

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PUBL.- Azerbaijan: Legacies of the Past and the Trials of Independence

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Azerbaijan: Legacies of the Past and the Trials of Independence
By Tadeusz Swietochowski

Series: Postcommunist States and Nations
List Price: £65.00
ISBN: 978-0-415-27411-1
Binding: Hardback
Published by: Routledge
Publication Date: 01/12/2008
Pages: 192

About the Book
Endowed with a large wealth of oil and situated in a strategic
position at the crossroads of diverse influences, Azerbaijan occupies
a special place among the independent republics that emerged from the
break-up of the USSR.

This book focuses on the Soviet and post-Soviet Azerbaijan, presenting
in a compact manner the main issues of the history, as well as the
roots of the current trends in the politics, economy, and culture of

Divided into eight chapters, it includes:
- an introduction to the main historical issues in the preceding
century of the Russian rule
- broad treatment of the post-Soviet period and contemporary
Azerbaijani politics
- the process of the Soviet imperial decline from the stand point of
the periphery
- the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict and its impact on the political life
of the country
- Azerbaijani politics from the time of attempted bloodless
revolution under the rule of the Peoples Front to the end of the
period of stability imposed by Haidar Aliyev's regime
- newly independent Azerbaijan facing the outside world
- questions relevant to the Azerbaijani national identity and its formation
- the present condition of the country's economy.

Table of Contents

1. The First Century of the Russian Rule
2. The Revolutionary Empire and Transformations World War II and Azerbaijan
3. The Azerbaijani Periphery in the Declining Empire
4. Ethnic Conflict and Political Awakening
5. Politics of Post-Soviet Independence
6. Primacy of Foreign Policy and Consensus
7. Culture and National Identity in the Post-Soviet State
8. Economy in Transition and Geopolitics of Oil


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