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Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2003

Black Garden is the definitive study of how Armenia and Azerbaijan, two southern Soviet republics, got sucked into a conflict that helped bring them to independence, bringing to an end the Soviet Union, and plaguing a region of great strategic importance. It cuts between a careful reconstruction of the history of Nagorny Karabakh conflict since 1988 and on-the-spot reporting on its 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 primary sources, such as Politburo archives.

The historical chapters trace how the conflict lay unresolved in the Soviet era; how Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders exacerbated it; how the Politiburo failed to cope with the crisis; how the war began 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 conflict.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Author’s Note
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction: Crossing the Line
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 1. February 1988: An Armenian Revolt
  2. pp. 10-28
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  1. 2. February 1988: Azerbaijan: Puzzlement and Pogroms
  2. pp. 29-44
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  1. 3: Shusha: The Neighbors' Tale
  2. pp. 45-54
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  1. 4. 1988–1989: An Armenian Crisis
  2. pp. 55-72
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  1. 5. Yerevan: Mysteries of the East
  2. pp. 73-81
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  1. 6. 1988–1990: An Azerbaijani Tragedy
  2. pp. 82-95
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  1. 7. Baku: An Eventful History
  2. pp. 96-107
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  1. 8. 1990–1991: A Soviet Civil War
  2. pp. 108-124
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  1. 9. Divisions: A Twentieth-Century Story
  2. pp. 125-144
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  1. 10. Hurekavank: The Unpredictable Past
  2. pp. 145-158
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  1. 11. August 1991–May 1992: War Breaks Out
  2. pp. 159-183
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  1. 12. Shusha: The Last Citadel
  2. pp. 184-193
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  1. 13. June 1992–September 1993: Escalation
  2. pp. 194-216
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  1. 14. Sabirabad: The Children's Republic
  2. pp. 217-224
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  1. 15. September 1993–May 1994: Exhaustion
  2. pp. 225-240
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  1. 16. Stepanakert: A State Apart
  2. pp. 241-250
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  1. 17. 1994–2001: No War, No Peace
  2. pp. 251-268
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  1. Conclusion: Sadakhlo: The Future
  2. pp. 269-283
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  1. Appendix 1: Statistics
  2. pp. 284-286
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  1. Appendix 2: Chronology
  2. pp. 287-297
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 299-320
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 321-326
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 327-336
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 337
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