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Eva-Maria Auch (Hg.): The Karabakh Conflict in Selecetd German Media: 1988-2008. A reasearch paper.

In coorporation with the Caucasian–European Cultural and Scientific Society „EuroCaucAsia“, the Chair of the History of Azerbaijan of the Humboldt-University Berlin presents its research paper on the reporting on the Karabakh conflict in seleceted German media in the newspapers DIE ZEIT, DER SPIEGEL, F.A.Z. and neues deutschland within the years of 1988-2008.

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Eva-Maria Auch (Hg.): Kleines Handbuch Aserbaidschan. Länderbericht einer studentischen Exkursion. (in German)

"In the fall of 2011 a group of students of our Chair [of the History of Azerbaijan of the Humboldt-University Berlin] went to a study trip to Azerbaijan. The experiences were quite impressive for the students and they realized their idea of making their trip reports aviable for a wide public."
The Little Guide for Azerbaijan aims to introduce Azerbaijan to interested people within the topics of nature, policy, economy, society, history and culture and the relationship to Germany (e.g. German Colonies).

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Junge, Marc/ Bonwetsch, Bernd (ed.): Bolschewistische Ordnung in Georgien. Der Große Terror in einer kleinen kaukasischen Republik (= Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts Moskau, Band 6). (De Gruyter, 2015) (in German)

This book explores whether the “Great Terror” in the multiethnic Republic of Georgia was an instance of genocide or ethnic cleansing. Unlike other regions of the former Soviet Union, Georgia allows for the parallel consideration of the three mass operations at the heart of the “Great Terror.” The study reconsiders familiar interpretations and perspectives on the persecutory campaigns of the “Great Terror.

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Saparov, Arsène: From Conflict to Autonomy in the Caucasus: The Soviet Union and the Making of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh. (Routledge, 2015)

This book is the first historical work to study the creation of ethnic autonomies in the Caucasus in the 1920s – the transitional period from Russian Empire to Soviet Union. Contributing both to the general understanding of the early Soviet nationality policy and to our understanding of the conflicts that have engulfed the Caucasus region since the 1990s, this book will be of interest to scholars of Central Asian Studies, Russian/Soviet History, Ethnic Conflict, Security Studies and International Relations.

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Agadjanian, Alex/ Jödicke, Ansgar/ van der Zweerd, Evert (ed.): Religion, Nation and Democracy in the South Caucasus. (Routledge, 2015)

This book explores developments in the three major societies of the South Caucasus – Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia – focusing especially on religion, historical traditions, national consciousness, and political culture, and on how these factors interact. It outlines how, despite close geographical interlacement, common historical memories and inherited structures, the three countries have deep differences; and it discusses how development in all three nations has differed significantly from the countries’ declared commitments to democratic orientation and European norms and values. The book also considers how external factors and international relations continue to impact on the three countries.

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Wooden, Amanda E./ Stefes, Christoph H. (ed.): The Politics of Transition in Central Asia and the Caucasus: Enduring Legacies and Emerging Challenges. (Routledge, 2014)

Most books on the Caucasus and Central Asia are country-by-country studies. This book, on the other hand, fills a gap in Central Eurasian studies as one of the few comparative case study books on Central Eurasia, covering both the Caucasus and Central Asia; it considers key themes right across the two regions highlighting both political change and continuity. Comparative case study chapters, written by regional experts from a variety of methodological backgrounds, provide historical context, and evaluate Soviet political legacies and emerging policy outcomes. Key topics include the varied types and sources of authoritarianism; political opposition and protest politics; predetermined outcomes of post-Soviet economic choices; social and stability impacts of natural resource wealth; variations in educational reform; international norm influence on gender policy and the power of human rights activists. Overall, the book provides a thorough, up-to-date overview of what is increasingly becoming a significant area of concern.

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Kemoklidze, Nino/ Moore, Cerwyn/ Smith, Jeremy/ Yemelianova, Galina (ed.): Many Faces of the Caucasus. (Routledge, 2014)

This volume offers contributions from researchers working within a range of disciplines, including history, social anthropology, sociology and cultural studies as well as international relations and security studies. Some of the contributions demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the region from ‘inside’, while others explore the issues within a wider Eurasian and global perspective. The volume examines the politically defined division of the region into the North and South Caucasus, the evolution of national identity and citizenship, and the role of the NGOs in the development of civil society in the post-Soviet period. Its content demonstrates the advantages of an area studies inter-disciplinary approach to the study of the region and the importance of collaboration between Western and local researchers. It highlights the importance of the Caucasus as a geographical, political and civilizational entity and examines the historical, cultural, political, religious and psychological factors behind the region’s particular susceptibility to territorial and ethno-religious conflict. The book will be of benefit to scholars and students researching the Caucasus, Russia and the post-Soviet space. It will also appeal to policy-makers, NGO activists, journalists and a wider audience interested in this fascinating region.

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Kambeck, Michael/ Ghazaryan, Sargis (ed.): Europe's Next Avoidable War: Nagorno-Karabakh. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

Nagorno-Karabakh is the most perilous of the so-called frozen conflicts in Eastern Europe. Whilst the war in Georgia in 2008 shocked the world, there are striking similarities between the pre-war situation there and the recently aggravated situation concerning Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan. In an area almost free of observers, the implications of a new war in Nagorno-Karabakh are largely underestimated. This book sheds light on the current situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, how it evolved and likely scenarios, taking into account the changed landscape including the EU's new foreign policy instruments. Kambeck and Ghazaryan suggest concrete policy proposals in order to make war a less likely outcome.

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Jones, Stephen: Georgia: A Political History since Independence. (I. B. Tauris, 2012)

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

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

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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Ayata, Ayşe/ Ergun, Ayça/ Çelimli, Isıl (ed.): Black Sea Politics: Political Culture and Civil Society in an Unstable Region. (I. B. Tauris, 2005)

Black Sea Politics presents a variety of experiences of civil society, looking at representation, participation and power relations in countries such as Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, and the Caucasus area. A rare combination of the "insider" perspectives of regional experts and the "outsider" views of international experts, this book presents vital new insights on an under-studied region with growing importance in international relations as witnessed by the confrontations between Russia and the West in the Ukrainian election crisis.

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

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

This volume 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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