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The Ethnic Conflict Research Digest

1998, Vol. 1 No. 1 .


Transcaucasian Boundaries
Edited by John FR Wright, Suzanne Goldenberg & Richard Schofield.

(London: UCL Press, 1996).
237pp. Index. Pb.: 14.95;
ISBN 1-85728-235-3.


This edited volume reflects an impressively wide variety of perspectives on potential and actual conflicts in the Caucases. While the focus is on the areas of current Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, related dynamics in the North Caucases are also analyzed. Nicholas Awde opens with a synthesis and succinct summary of the other chapters, and Suzanne Goldenberg adds a consideration of Chechnya to the introduction. George Joffe explores historical statuses of multiple areas in the region and considers the modern complexity of state legitimacy in that context. Related interests in the region are well described: Margot Light considers Russian perspectives and influences, William Hale reviews Turkeys relations, and Fred Halliday presents Irans reactions to the changing Caucases. Christopher J. Walker reviews a history of Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh, and Sulejman Alijarly presents another history of the Azerbaijani state borders long including Nagorno- Karabakh. Considering areas encompassed by Georgia, John. F. R. Wright presents an analysis ofthe Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, Julian Birch analyzes the Georgian- South Ossetian conflict, and B. G. Hewitt reviews ethnic identities relevant to the conflict over Abkhazia. This multifaceted consideration of the Caucases should inform consideration of the changing Caucases over the years to come.


Susan Allen Nan, George Mason University



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