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4.0 out of 5 stars Necessary, important and ground-breaking
I think (as the previous reviewer with his concern about the Georgian diaspora appears to have done) it is easy to forget how ground-breaking and important the whole of Tom de Waal's book is, and just get wrapped up in the details. The group of writers doing serious research into the Caucasus who present their findings in a neutral, clear and reliable way is minute, and...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment
If "The Georgians have never had a diaspora" (De Waal, 2010, p.31), then why has the current Georgian government established a Ministry specifically responsible for it? Not only is the book factually inaccurate, it is also extremely disjointed and this makes reading it is a real struggle

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Published on 24 Oct 2010 by Michael Berman


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide to Political History of the Region, 16 Dec 2013
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The politics and history of this region are complicated but De Waal guides you through in a very readable and engaging style. Highly recommended. My only complaint - the title is misleading this is about Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan - the northern Caucasus are barely mentioned. Nonetheless its still a 5 star volume for what it does cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Discovering something about The Caucasus, 12 July 2013
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A deep yet concise and very readable account of the recent developments in the Caucasus Region with all its complications. Good background reading to give some insight before a visit to any of the three very different countries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gregory Shvedov's review, 28 Oct 2010
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The Caucasus: An Introduction]] Perhaps if you read the whole book, it would be easy to memorize different quotes, f.e.: "More division and conflict can be avoided if the different parts of the South Caucasus start to think less like individual actors and more like members of a region", (De Waal, 2010, p.226 in Conclusions) I believe such a vision is not clear for the internal, but also external decision-making players.

Personally would fully share it from last 10 years experience of daily reporting of Northern and South Caucasus, would also agree with author on his evaluation of the EU "slow" role in the South Caucasus. I am glad that book is available in USA as well and hope, that US & British politicians would be obliged to read it, prior travel to the region - so often they are badly informed about most recent and previous century history, that makes their action poor. There is clear need in the translation to at least few other European languages, to speed up some of the slow EU officials. We definitely need more books like this, linking historical and contemporary realities in one knot. I would suggest to check recent Economist book review (Playground for war, Oct 21st 2010, A beautiful fought-over region) on Thomas work: "as a clear, brief guide to the countries of the south Caucasus, it would be hard to do better than this book."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and engaging, 6 Aug 2014
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Excellent well written book that, like the other work by Thomas DeWaal, is easy to read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment, 24 Oct 2010
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If "The Georgians have never had a diaspora" (De Waal, 2010, p.31), then why has the current Georgian government established a Ministry specifically responsible for it? Not only is the book factually inaccurate, it is also extremely disjointed and this makes reading it is a real struggle

Michael Berman, author of Shamanic Journeys through the Caucasus and of Georgia through its Folktales Shamanic Journeys Through the Caucasus
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