“Admirable, rigorous. De Waal [is] a wise and patient reporter.”—The New York Review of Books
“Never have all the twists and turns, sad carnage, and bullheadedness on all side been better described—or indeed, better explained…Offers a deeper and more compelling account of the conflict than anyone before.”—Foreign Affairs
Since its publication in 2003, the first edition of Black Garden has become the definitive study of how Armenia and
Azerbaijan, two southern Soviet republics, were pulled into a conflict that
helped bring them to independence, spell the end the Soviet Union, and plunge a
region of great strategic importance into a decade of turmoil. This important
volume is both a careful reconstruction of the history of the Nagorny Karabakh
conflict since 1988 and on-the-spot reporting of the convoluted aftermath. Part
contemporary history, part travel book, part political analysis, the book is
based on six months traveling through the south Caucasus, more than 120
original interviews in the region, Moscow, and Washington, and unique
historical primary sources, such as Politburo archives. The historical chapters
trace how the conflict lay unresolved in the Soviet era; how Armenian and
Azerbaijani societies unfroze it; how the Politiburo failed to cope with the
crisis; how the war was fought and ended; how the international community
failed to sort out the conflict. What emerges is a complex and subtle portrait
of a beautiful and fascinating region, blighted by historical prejudice and
updated 10th-year anniversary edition includes a new forward, a new
chapter covering developments up to-2011, such as the election of new
presidents in both countries, Azerbaijan’s oil boom and the new arms race in
the region, and a new conclusion, analysing the reasons for the intractability
of the conflict and whether there are any prospects for its resolution. Telling
the story of the first conflict to shake Mikhail Gorbachev's Soviet Union, Black Garden remains a central account
of the reality of the post-Soviet world.
Thomas de Waal has reported on Russia and the Caucasus since 1993 for the Moscow Times, The Times of London, The Economist, and the BBC World Service. He is currently Senior Associate, Caucasus at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His publications include, most recently, The Caucasus: An Introduction.
Exploring new expressions of European self-understanding in a way that challenges recent ideological notions of the ‘clash of civilizations’, this outstanding work draws on recent scholarship that shows how Europe and Asia were mutually linked in history and in contemporary perspective. It argues that as a result of current developments and the changing geopolitical context, both Europe and Asia have much in common and that it is possible to speak of cosmopolitan links rather than clashes.
This book will be of great value to students and researchers in the fields of sociology, European politics and history and cultural theory.
The book is structured into chapters on key concepts, with each providing an introduction to the concept for those new to the field of critical politics – including undergraduate and postgraduate students – as well as drawing connections between concepts and thinkers that will be provocative and illuminating for more established researchers in the field. They give an overview of core ideas associated with the concept; the critical potential of the concept; and key thinkers linked to the concept, seeking to address the following questions:How has the concept traditionally been understood? How has the concept come to be understood in critical thinking? How is the concept used in interrogating the limits of state centrism? What different possibilities for engaging with international relations have been envisioned through the concept? Why are such possibilities for alternative thinking about international relations important? What are some key articles and volumes related to the concept which readers can go for further research?
Drawing together some of the key thinkers in the field of critical International Relations and including both established and emerging academics located in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America, this book is a key resource for students and scholars alike.
"You will not read a more important book about America this year."—The Economist
"A riveting book."—The Wall Street Journal
"Essential reading."—David Brooks, New York Times
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for more than forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that J.D.'s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history.
A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.