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Author Wright, John.

Title Transcaucasian Boundaries
Edition 1st ed
Published Abingdon, Oxon : Taylor and Francis, 2003
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Contents Book Cover -- Half-Title -- Series Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Contributors -- Introduction -- Background note: reflections on Chechnya -- CHAPTER ONE Nationalities and borders in Transcaucasia and the northern Caucasus -- Nationalism and the state -- Nationalism and the Caucasus -- The situation in the republics -- The Russian Federation -- The future -- CHAPTER TWO Russia and Transcaucasia -- Historical overview -- Russian perceptions of Transcaucasia -- Security factors -- Russian policy towards Transcaucasia -- CHAPTER THREE Turkey, the Black Sea and Transcaucasia1 -- Introduction: Turkey and the end of the Cold War -- Turkey's foreign policy: determinants, resources, strategies -- Black Sea co-operation: aims, experience and prospects -- Turkey and Transcaucasia -- CHAPTER FOUR Condemned to react, unable to influence: Iran and Transcaucasia -- The historic record -- The Czarist and early Soviet periods -- The Azerbaijan question: 1945-6 and after -- Tehran and the post-Soviet system, 1988-93 -- Limits on Iranian policy -- Policy guidelines -- CHAPTER FIVE The Armenian presence in mountainous Karabakh -- CHAPTER SIX The republic of Azerbaijan: notes on the state borders in the past and the present -- CHAPTER SEVEN The geopolitics of Georgia -- The evolution of Georgia's borders -- Georgian geopolitical perceptions -- Georgia's geopolitical position -- The Georgian-Abkhazian dispute -- The perceptions -- The positions -- Political solutions -- Conclusion -- CHAPTER EIGHT The Georgian/South Ossetian territorial and boundary dispute -- Patterns of Ossetian settlement -- Patterns of overlordship and control in South Ossetia -- Ethnic identification and loyalties in South Ossetia -- The present conflict-origins and causes -- The heritage of antagonism -- Economic grievances
Georgian moves to secure independence -- Georgian insensitivity to Ossetian needs -- The emergence of the Ossetian Popular Front -- External manipulation of the issue -- USSR involvement -- Russian Republic involvement -- Georgian involvement -- Solutions and prospects -- Solution 1-autonomy within Georgia -- Solution 2-concentration of Ossetians in North Ossetia -- Solution 3-creation of a unified Ossetian territory -- UNITY WITHIN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION -- UNITY WITHIN THE CONFEDERATIVE UNION OF MOUNTAIN PEOPLES -- UNITY AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE -- Conclusion -- CHAPTER NINE Abkhazia: a problem of identity and ownership1 -- Introduction -- Historical survey -- The argument -- The historical settlement of Abkhazia -- Samurzaqano -- Georgianization -- Future prospects -- The conflict escalates -- References -- Appendix -- Index
Summary Transcaucasian boundaries" provides the first insights into the geopolitical dynamics in this ethnically diverse and turbulent region of the former Soviet Union. The interplay between the former controlling powers of Iran, Turkey and Russia is examined, and the conflicts in Nagorno-Karabagh, Ossetia and Abkhazia are subject to expert analysis. The roles of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia are considered in detail, their relative weakness having held back the transition towards democratic free-market entities of pluralist composition. Questions of minority rights, territorial settlement and the inviolability of state borders are central to an understanding of this part of the world; these issues are manifest all too violently when combined with the nationalist forces prevalent throughout Transcaucasia. All students of geopolitics and ethnic issues will find this volume a worthwhile contribution to understanding the complex geopolitical problems of a richly diverse and fascinating region
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Subject Caucasus, South -- Boundaries
Caucasus, South -- Ethnic relations
Caucasus, South -- Foreign relations.
Geopolitics -- Caucasus, South
Form Electronic book
Author Goldenberg, Suzanne.
Schofield, Richard (Lecturer in law)
ISBN 0203214471