By Thomas de Waal
During this interesting e-book, famous journalist Thomas de Waal--author of the hugely acclaimed Black Garden--makes the case that whereas the Caucasus is frequently handled as a sub-plot within the historical past of Russia, or as an insignificant gateway to Asia, the five-day warfare in Georgia, which flared right into a significant foreign concern in 2008, proves that this is often nonetheless a flamable quarter, whose internal dynamics and background deserve a way more complicated appreciation from the broader international.
In The Caucasus, de Waal presents this richer, deeper, and much-needed appreciation, person who finds that the South Caucasus--Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, and their many smaller areas, enclaves, and breakaway entities--is a desirable and designated international unto itself. supplying either ancient history and an insightful research of the interval after 1991, de Waal sheds mild on how the zone has been scarred by way of the tumultuous scramble for independence and the 3 significant conflicts that broke out with the tip of the Soviet Union--Nagorny Karabakh, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia. The booklet examines the area as a huge power manufacturer and exporter; deals a compelling account of the Rose Revolution in Georgia, the increase of Mikheil Saakashvili, and the August 2008 warfare; and considers the failure of the South Caucasus, up to now, to develop into a unmarried plausible zone. moreover, the ebook incorporates a dozen or so "boxes" which offer short snapshots of such interesting part issues because the Kurds, Turkish-Armenian rapprochement, the merchandising of the zone because the "Soviet Florida," and the main well-known of all Georgians, Stalin.
The Caucasus promises a vibrantly written and well timed account of this turbulent area, one who will turn out vital for all fascinated about international politics. it really is, to boot, a stimulating learn for armchair tourists and for somebody excited by far-flung corners of the world.