9780312219031

Azerbaijan : A Quest for Identity

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312219031

  • ISBN10:

    0312219032

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-07-21
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

This is the first history in English of Azerbaijan from the first evidence of inhabitation in pre-historic times to the oil-dominated political economy of today. Azerbaijan finds itself increasingly the focus of international attention, with the discovery of the Caspian region as one of the world's centers of production of oil and the increased strategic and cultural significance of the Caucasus in the post-Soviet period. Moreover, it is the only Shi'ite-dominated country in the world apart from Iran--and in contrast to its southern neighbor, an example of religious and social tolerance where the clergy have no place in politics. Drawing on a wide range of authorities, Charles van der Leeuw defines the concept of Azerbaijan national identity through the process of history, building up a clear picture of the modern nation, its people, and their aspirations.

Author Biography

Charles van der Leeuw is a journalist and author of Storm Over the Caucasus. He has spent many years in Azerbaijan.

Table of Contents

Map of Azerbaijan today
8(3)
Foreword 11(2)
Author's note 13(4)
Introduction 17(7)
Map of major khanates of Azerbaijan today
24(1)
From Antiquity to the early Middle Ages
25(15)
The medieval struggle of world religions
40(19)
Seljuk, Atabek & Mongol rule
59(19)
New conflict among the Turks and the re-emergence of Persia
78(12)
The Russian grip on Azerbaijan
90(14)
The rise and fall of the First Republic
104(20)
Time of the Soviets
124(12)
Historical dimensions of the Karabakh conflict
136(7)
20th century forebodings of war
143(11)
Karabakh under Soviet rule and the outbreak of war
154(15)
Independence & escalation
169(10)
Stalemate under Aliyev
179(12)
Epilogue 191(4)
Chronology 195(9)
Notes 204(5)
Bibliography 209(4)
Index 213

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