Azerbaijan Diary: A Rogue Reporter's Adventures in an Oil-rich, War-torn, Post-Soviet Republic: A Rogue Reporter's Adventures in an Oil-rich, War-torn, Post-Soviet Republic

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1999-08-31
  • Publisher: Routledge
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This underground classic tells the story of oil-rich Azerbaijan's first years of independence from Moscow. Goltz's vivid, personal account, filled with memorable portraits of individuals in high places and low, carries the reader from the battlefront to the oilfield, the voting booth to the negotiating table, always with an astute sense of how it all fits into the geopolitical firmament.

In its first years as an independent state, the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan was a prime example of post-Soviet chaos -- beset by coups and civil strife, and losing the Karabakh war of secession, with a fifth of its territory occupied by Armenian troops. Azerbaijan may be endowed with vast oil reserves, but it also bestrides one of the greatest ethnic, religious, and political faultlines in the world.

Thomas Goltz became an accidental witness to Azerbaijan's inglorious history-in-the- making when he was detoured into Baku in mid-1991 -- and decided to stay. This record of his years there alternates in style between tragedy and farce. Throughout, the intensity of imm

Table of Contents

Getting There Fair And Square
A Distant Coup
Friday Evening on Freedom Square
Karabakh: The Black Garden
Home Sweet Baku
A Reborn Republic
Slithering in the Swamp
Of Militias and Mamed the Mule
A Diversion Through the Islamic Republic of Iran
Riding the Roller Coaster
Coup Redux
From Ballots to Bullets
An Army Stumbles Forward
Alla Turka
Of War-and Oil
Corruption in the Ranks
Rumblings of Dissent
The Snow Job
The Lull Before the Storm
The Crowbar-Or Heydar Comes Home
Meanwhile, Back at the Frontą
Azerbaijan, Azerbaijaną
Scars on the Soul Epilogue
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