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Jones, Stephen: Georgia: A Political History since Independence. (I. B. Tauris, 2015) (auf Englisch)

This book critically analyses Georgia's recent political and economic development, illustrating what its 'transition' has meant, not just for the state, but for its citizens as well. The work is an authoritative and commanding exploration of Georgia since independence, this is essential for those interested in the post-Soviet world.

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Kupatadze, Alexander: Organized Crime, Political Transitions and State Formation in Post-Soviet Eurasia. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) (auf Englisch)

Based on over 130 interviews with criminals, law enforcement officials and government representatives from post-Soviet Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan, this book situates organized crime in the debate on state formation and examines the diverging patterns in organized crime following the aftermath of these countries' Coloured Revolutions.

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 Marshall, Alex: The Caucasus Under Soviet Rule. (Routledge, 2012) (auf Englisch)

This book argues that understanding the Soviet legacy in the region is critical to analysing both the new states of the Transcaucasus and the autonomous territories of the North Caucasus. It examines the impact of Soviet rule on the Caucasus, focusing in particular on the period from 1917 to 1955. Important questions covered include how the Soviet Union created ‘nations’ out of the diverse peoples of the North Caucasus; the true nature of the 1917 revolution; the role and effects of forced migration in the region; how over time the constituent nationalities of the region came to re-define themselves; and how Islamic radicalism came to assume the importance it continues to hold today. Making unprecedented use of memoirs, archives and published sources, this book is an invaluable aid for scholars, political analysts and journalists alike to understanding one of the most important borderlands of the modern world.

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Bolukbasi, Suha: Azerbaijan: A Political History. (I. B. Tauris, 2011) (auf Englisch)

This book shows how Azerbaijan's recent political history -- both domestic and international -- has influenced the development of the country and the history of the surrounding region.

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Coene, Frederik: The Caucasus - An Introduction. (Routledge, 2011) (auf Englisch)

The book provides a clear, comprehensive introduction to the Caucasus, which is suitable for all readers. It covers the geography; the historical development of the region; economics; politics and government; population; religion and society; culture and traditions; alongside its conflicts and international relations. Written throughout in an accessible style, it requires no prior knowledge of the Caucasus. The book will be invaluable for those researching specific issues, as well as for readers needing a thorough introduction to the region.

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Jones, Stephen F.: War and Revolution in the Caucasus: Georgia Ablaze. (Routledge, 2011) (auf Englisch)

This book takes a different tack which focuses on the domestic roots of the August 2008 war. Collectively the authors in this volume present a new multidimensional context for the war. They analyse historical relations between national minorities in the region, look at the link between democratic development, state-building, and war, and explore the role of leadership and public opinion. Digging beneath often simplistic geopolitical explanations, the authors give the national minorities and Georgians themselves, the voice that is often forgotten by Western analysts.

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Mehdiyeva, Nazrin: Power Games in the Caucasus: Azerbaijan's Foreign and Energy Policy towards the West, Russia and the Middle East. (Tauris Academic Studies, 2011) (auf Englisch)

This book provides the first comprehensive study of Azerbaijan's post-independence foreign policy in relation to its much stronger neighbors - Russia, Turkey, and Iran - and the role that the West brought to bear in helping Azerbaijan to counterbalance the influence of Russia. Complex and subtle diplomatic negotiations enabled the exploitation of Azerbaijan's substantial oil and gas resources and the implementation of transit projects that Azerbaijan's leadership considered critical - the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline bypassing Russia being one example. The case of Azerbaijan demonstrates how, in the post-Cold War order, a small state has been able to advance its interests internationally even when they contradicted those of the hegemony. The book includes a wealth of new sources and extensive interviews with national policymakers and experts.

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Klug, Ron: Conflicts of Caucasus: Ethnic and National Conflicts in the Developing Countries. (GRIN Verlag, 2010) (auf Englisch)

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Waters, Christopher P.M. / Green, James (ed.): Conflict in the Caucasus: Implications for International Legal Order. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) (auf Englisch)

This book addresses multiple aspects of the conflict between Georgia and Russia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia in August 2008, including the use of force, human rights, transnational litigation and international law 'rhetoric'. The particulars of the conflict are explored alongside their wider implications for international order.

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Javakhia, Bejan: New Rome – The idea of united Christian Empire in Georgian medieval write. (Tbilisi, 2009) (auf Georgisch, Abstract auf Englisch)

XII-XIII centuries are considered as the “Golden Age” in the history of Georgia. During this epoch the territory of Georgia included nearly the whole South Caucasus. The work aims to discuss the concept of the united Georgian Christian state during the reign of David the Builder and Queen Tamar.

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King, Charles: The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus. (Oxford University Press, 2009) (auf Englisch)

The Ghost of Freedom is the first general history of the modern Caucasus, from the beginning of Russian imperial expansion up to rise of new countries after the Soviet Union's collapse. The book provides an indispensable guide to the complicated histories, politics, and cultures of this intriguing frontier. Based on new research in multiple languages, it shows how the struggle for freedom in the mountains, hills, and plains of the Caucasus has been a perennial theme over the last two hundred years - a struggle which has led to liberation as well as to new forms of captivity. In evocative and accessible prose, Charles King reveals how tsars, highlanders, revolutionaries, and adventures have contributed to the fascinating history of this borderland. Ranging from the salons of Russian writers to the circus sideshows of America, from the offices of European diplomats to the village of Muslim mountaineers, The Ghost of Freedom paints a rich portrait of one the world's most volatile and least understood regions.

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Melkonian, Markar: My Brother's Road: An American's Fateful Journey to Armenia. (I. B. Tauris, 2008) (auf Englisch)

Who was Monte Melkonian? In his native California he was once a kid in cut-off jeans, playing baseball and eating snow cones.  Europe denounced him as an international terrorist.  His adopted homeland of Armenia decorated him as a national hero who led a force of 4000 men to victory in the Armenian enclave of Mountainous Karabagh in Azerbaijan. Markar Melkonian spent seven years unraveling the mystery of his brother's road: a journey which began in his ancestor's town in Turkey and led to a blood-splattered square in Tehran, the Kurdish mountains, the bomb-pocked streets of Beirut, and finally, to the Cold War and the unraveling of the Soviet Union. Yet, who really was this man? A terrorist or a hero? My Brother's Road is not just the story of a long journey and a short life --it is an attempt to understand what happens when one man decides that terrible actions speak louder than words.

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Mostashari, Firouzeh: On the Religious Frontier: Tsarist Russia and Islam in the Caucasus (I. B. Tauris, 2006) (auf Englisch)

This book examines the history of Muslim Azerbaijan under Christian Orthodox Russian imperial rule and the attempts of the Russian administrators of the Caucasus to integrate the region into the empire. Firouzeh Mostashari presents the formation of a Russian colonial administration in the Muslim Caucasus; subsequent social, political and economic development and the local response to conquest, military rule and Russification. Central to the study is the concept of a religious and cultural frontier separating Orthodox Russia and Muslim Azerbaijan.On the Religious Frontier offers a fascinating insight into how the seeds of conflict in today's Caucasus were sown during Tsarist Russia.

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Stefes, Christoph H.: Understanding Post-Soviet Transitions: Corruption, Collusion and Clientelism. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) (auf Englisch)

Corruption, collusion and clientelism are pervasive legacies of Soviet rule in most successor states of the Soviet Union. This legacy has been a major obstacle to the development of viable democratic and market institutions. Analyzing the political and economic developments of Armenia and Georgia, this book demonstrates how systemic corruption undermines the rule of law which is crucial for democracy and a market economy. It argues that the tumultuous political transition of Georgia has created an anarchic system of corruption that is disastrous for economic development and people's welfare. In contrast, the Armenian government has maintained some control over the corrupt system, ameliorating the consequences of systemic corruption.

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Waters, Christopher P.M. (ed.): The State of Law in the South Caucasus. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) (auf Englisch)

This book evaluates the strength of the rule of law in the South Caucasus, a volatile and strategically important region of the former Soviet Union. Contributors - all of whom who have lived and worked in Armenia, Azerbaijan or Georgia -tackle this question from the perspectives of both law and politics. A wide range of specific issues are addressed, including corruption in the justice system, forced migration, telecommunications and environmental protection.

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Zürcher, Christoph / Koehler, Jan (ed.): Potentials of Disorder: Explaining Conflict and Stability in the Caucasus and in the Former Yugoslavia. (Manchester University Press, 2003) (auf Englisch)

It is of vital importance to the study of conflict analysis in the Caucasus and the Balkan region to identify what conditions foster new orders, and what factors, actors and institutions are necessary to create a stable equilibrium in intra- and inter-group conflicts. This book brings together a selection of case studies and theoretical approaches aimed at identifying the institutions which prevented or fostered escalation of conflict in the Caucasus and former Yugoslavia.

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Gvosdev, Nikolas K.: Imperial Policies and Perspectives towards Georgia, 1760-1819. (Palgrace Macmillan, 2000) (auf Englisch)

This book examines how the Russian Empire expanded across the barrier of the Caucasus mountains to take control of the Georgian lands at the close of the 18th century. With no organized plan for conquest, imperial policy fluctuated based on personnel changes in the imperial government and strategic reevaluations of imperial interests. Particular attention is paid to the role of two significant individuals--Princes Potemkin and Tsitsianov--in pushing the Empire towards total incorporation.

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Soltes, Ori Z. (ed.): National Treasures of Georgia: Art and Civilization through the Ages. (Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd, 2000) (auf Englisch)

This book traces Georgia's long cultural history from archeological beginnings to the present. Twenty-three essays by scholars from all over the world give a vivid portrayal of Georgia's heritage in history, literature and manuscript production, archeology and art throughout prehistoric, classical and Christian periods up to the Early Modern Era.

A fully illustrated, descriptive catalogue of 165 works ranging from a ceramic shard of the 6th millennium BC through10th-century icons to early 20th- century paintings.

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 Braund, David: Georgia in Antiquity: A History of Colchis and Transcaucasian Iberia, 550 BC-AD 562. (Oxford University Press, 1994) (auf Englisch)

This is the first full history of the ancient Georgia ever to be written outside Georgia itself. It is also an introduction to the substantial archaeological work that has been carried out in Georgia in recent decades. The principal purpose of this book is to open up ancient Georgia for the world of scholarship at large. It is not only the history of a neglected region, but also a sustained attempt to inform topics and issues that are more familiar to the historians of antiquity: myths of the periphery, Caucasian mountains and their passes, Greek colonization, the Persian, Athenian, and Seleucid empires, Pompey's conquest of Mithridates' empire, the development of the Roman frontier in the eastern Black Sea region, R:oman diplomacy in Iberia, the Christianization of Iberia, Sassanian ambitions in Transcaucasia and Byzantine warfare there.

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Lordkipanidze, Mariam: Abkhazians and Abkhazia. (Tbilisi, 1990) (auf Georgisch, Englisch und Russisch)

The work does not aim to tell history of Abkhazia and Abkhazians. It has a definite purpose to determine the meaning of the terms “Abkhazia” and “Abkhazians” in the written sources of the different epochs, written in different languages.

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Caucasian Calendar. (auf Englisch)

Caucasian Calendar was an annual publication, published during 1845-1917. It is one of the most important periodicals about the pre-revolution Caucasus. Publication covered topics related to the history, ethnography and geography of Caucasus. One of the first editor in chief of the periodical was archeologist and historian Adolf Berzhe (1828-1886).

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Gralewski, Mateusz: The Caucasus. Memories of a twelve-year captivity. The country. The peoples. The customs and traditions (Lvov: Polish Publishing, 1877) (auf Polnisch)

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