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The Post-Soviet Wars


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Preface1 Introduction: War and Peace in the Caucasus 2 Setting the Stage: The Past, the Nation, and the State 3 Making Sense: Con?ict Theory and the Caucasus 4 Wars over Chechnya 5 Wars in Georgia 6 The War over Karabakh 7 Wars That Did Not Happen: Dagestan and Ajaria 8 Conclusion: Post-Soviet Wars and Theories of Internal Wars NotesBibliography IndexAbout the Author

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A comparative account of the organized violence in the Caucasus region, looking at four key areas: Chechnya, Karabakh (including Armenia and Azerbaijan), Georgia, and Dagestan

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Christoph Zurcher is Professor of Political Science at the Free University of Berlin. He is the editor of Potentials of Dis/Order: Explaining Violence in the Caucasus and in the Former Yugoslovia.


"This is an uncommonly well-argued and well-written explanation of the violent conflicts that erupted across the Caucasus during and after the collapse of the Soviet Union. With exceptional clarity of thought, Zurcher melds established statistical studies of internal wars with a carefully constructed comparison of the origins and courses of the Chechen, Georgian, and Nagorno-Karabakh wars." Foreign Affairs "This book's develops into a first-class, original study of the Russian Caucasus during its first years of detachment from the Soviet Union." Choice "With his exciting narratives and compelling analysis of the twentieth century's 'Caucasian Wars,' Zurcher brings events on the periphery of Europe into the mainstream of social science and comparative politics. Disputing existing explanations of internal wars, he shows that rather than mountainous terrain or poverty, a more powerful causal explanation of civil bloodletting can be located in state capacities and the abilities of combatants to finance their struggles. This book is sure to stir debate." Ronald Grigor Suny, University of Michigan "Democracy is commonly paired with order while ethnic violence is paired with strife and chaos. The Post-Soviet Wars painstakingly documents that both violence and stability have institutional reasons and must be organized politically by specific human agencies. This lesson is obviously relevant to the contemporary discussion of democratization as well as 'failing' states, let alone the effects wrought by the American war on terror." Georgi Derlugyan, author of Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus: A World-System Biography

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