Review: “Leninism and the National Question” – P. N. Fedosyev, et. al.

“Leninism and the National Question” is undoubtedly the most challenging book I have read in 2021. At 540 pages long, it is also one of the largest Soviet Progress Publisher books I own, and it is definitely not a light, after work read. It took all my mental faculties to finish this book.   The book was written by a team of scholars from the … Continue reading Review: “Leninism and the National Question” – P. N. Fedosyev, et. al.

Review: “Soviet Nationalities Policy and Bourgeois Historians: The Formation of the Soviet Multinational State (1917-1922) in Contemporary American Historiography” – L. Zenushkina

When I first started reading L. Zenushkina’s “Soviet Nationalities Policy and Bourgeois Historians: The Formation of the Soviet Multinational State (1917-1922) in Contemporary American Historiography,” I must admit I didn’t have very high expectations. True, Soviet nationalities policy is an area I specialize in, but since I have already read multiple books published in the USSR about this subject, such as “The October Revolution and … Continue reading Review: “Soviet Nationalities Policy and Bourgeois Historians: The Formation of the Soviet Multinational State (1917-1922) in Contemporary American Historiography” – L. Zenushkina

Review: “Ethnicity, Nationalism and Conflict in the South Caucasus: Nagorno-Karabakh and the Legacy of Soviet Nationalities Policy” – Ohannes Geukjian

Ohannes Geukjian’s “Ethnicity, Nationalism and Conflict in the South Caucasus: Nagorno-Karabakh and the Legacy of Soviet Nationalities Policy” offers a comprehensive and rather unique analysis of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Soviet nationalities policy in the South Caucasus. A professor at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, Geukjian’s analysis of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is unique in that he doesn’t focus exclusively on the belligerents (i.e., Armenians … Continue reading Review: “Ethnicity, Nationalism and Conflict in the South Caucasus: Nagorno-Karabakh and the Legacy of Soviet Nationalities Policy” – Ohannes Geukjian

Review: “Armenia’s Future Relations with Turkey and the Karabagh Conflict” – Levon Ter-Petrossian

This book is a collection of articles and speeches by Levon Ter-Petrossian, the first president of post-Soviet Armenia (1991-98). Ter-Petrossian is a anti-socialist, Western-style neoliberal, who was “close friends” with Russia’s Boris Yeltsin. But as much as I disagree – or more accurately vehemently oppose – his politics, in his analysis of Armenia’s relations with Turkey, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and the policies of his successors … Continue reading Review: “Armenia’s Future Relations with Turkey and the Karabagh Conflict” – Levon Ter-Petrossian

Review: “Contested Territories and International Law: A Comparative Study of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and the Aland Islands Precedent” – Kamal Makili-Aliyev

When Kamal Makili-Aliyev’s “Contested Territories and International Law: A Comparative Study of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and the Aland Islands Precedent” arrived in the mail, I was really, really excited to read it. I thought – and still do think – that comparing the disputes between the Aland Islands and Nagorno-Karabakh was a brilliant and novel approach to understanding the right of peoples to self-determination in … Continue reading Review: “Contested Territories and International Law: A Comparative Study of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and the Aland Islands Precedent” – Kamal Makili-Aliyev

Review: “The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: A Legal Analysis” – Heiko Kruger

Heiko Kruger’s “The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: A Legal Analysis” is the worst book on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that I have read, right next to Bahruz Balayev’s “The Right to Self-Determination in the South Caucasus”. Instead of being an objective legal analysis of Nagorno-Karabakh’s right to secession under international law, Kruger’s book is imperialist apologeticism and Armenophobia disguised in legal terminology. One could be forgiven for confusing … Continue reading Review: “The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: A Legal Analysis” – Heiko Kruger

Review: “Understanding Ethnopolitical Conflict: Karabakh, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia Wars Reconsidered” – Emil Souleimanov

Emil Souleimanov’s “Understanding Ethnopolitical Conflict: Karabakh, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia Wars Reconsidered” offers an excellent theoretical and methodological analysis of the ethnic conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia. Souleimanov ‘tests’ the efficacy of the major on-set and in-process theories of the origins of ethnic conflicts and civil wars, including the role of elites, natural resources, social inequality, external support, opportunity and power asymmetry, geography, … Continue reading Review: “Understanding Ethnopolitical Conflict: Karabakh, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia Wars Reconsidered” – Emil Souleimanov