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  • The Caspianby Shirin Akiner

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 54.95

    The Caspian redefines a Caspian debate long characterized by one-sided and politically motivated analyses and, at times, fantastic reporting. Bringing together a range of influential voices from academia, the media, the oil industry, civil service, the military and diplomatic corps, this book rewrites the region's recent history. more...

  • Institutional Change and Political Continuity in Post-Soviet Central Asiaby Pauline Jones Luong

    Cambridge University Press 2002; US$ 40.00

    This book examines the diversity of electoral systems in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. more...

  • Heroes of the Ageby David B. Edwards

    University of California Press 1996; US$ 33.95

    Much of the political turmoil that has occurred in Afghanistan since the Marxist revolution of 1978 has been attributed to the dispute between Soviet-aligned Marxists and the religious extremists inspired by Egyptian and Pakistani brands of "fundamentalist" Islam. In a significant departure from this view, David B. Edwards contends that?though Marxism... more...

  • Islam after Communismby Adeeb Khalid

    University of California Press 2007; US$ 31.95

    Adeeb Khalid combines insights from the study of both Islam and Soviet history in this sophisticated analysis of the ways that Muslim societies in Central Asia have been transformed by the Soviet presence in the region. Arguing that the utopian Bolshevik project of remaking the world featured a sustained assault on Islam that destroyed patterns of... more...

  • Ghost Warsby Steve Coll

    Penguin Publishing Group 2004; US$ 20.00

    "Certainly the finest historical narrative so far on the origins of al Qaeda in the post-Soviet rubble of Afghanistan . . . Ghost Wars provides fresh details and helps explain the motivations behind many crucial decisions." - The New York Times Book Review more...

  • Three Cups of Teaby Greg Mortenson; David Oliver Relin

    Penguin Publishing Group 2006; US$ 13.00

    "Greg Mortenson?s dangerous and difficult quest . . . is not only a thrilling read, it?s proof that one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, really can change the world."- Tom Brokaw "An inspiring chronicle . . . this is one protagonist who clearly deserves to be called a hero."- People "Mortenson?s mission... more...

  • The Punishment of Virtueby Sarah Chayes

    Penguin Publishing Group 2006; US$ 16.00

    The New York Times Book Review )]]> more...

  • Beyond Memoryby Greta Lynn Uehling

    Palgrave Macmillan 2004; US$ 45.00

    This book offers the first in-depth, ethnographic exploration of the Crimean Tatars' experience of deportation from Ukraine at the end of World War II, examining how "memories" and sentiments were created and came to shape the dramatic repatriation to historic lands, which involved squatting and self-immolation. more...

  • Humanitarian Aid in Post-Soviet Countriesby LaŽtitia Atlani-Duault

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 168.00

    An anthropologist among aid workers. Her objective: to study that exotic tribe, humanitarian and development workers, along with their state and non-state partners, as they "export democracy" to post-soviet countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus. Her method: to join the tribe for ten years. From New York to Alma-Ata, by way of Geneva and Baku,... more...

  • The Northwest Caucasusby Walter Richmond

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 54.95

    This is the first book to present a comprehensive history of the Northwest Caucasus. Based on extensive research, it describes the peoples of the Northwest Caucasus, which have a significantly different ethnic makeup and history than the Northeast (Chechnya and Daghestan). The book examines their struggles for survival against repeated invasions and... more...