Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan

Hardcover | February 7, 2017

byAudrey L. Altstadt

not yet rated|write a review

Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan follows a newly independent oil-rich former Soviet republic as it adopts a Western model of democratic government and then turns toward corrupt authoritarianism. Audrey L. Altstadt begins with the Nagorno-Karabagh War (1988-1994) which triggered Azerbaijani nationalism and set the stage for the development of a democratic movement. Initially successful, this government soon succumbed to a coup. Western oil companies arrived and money flowed in-a quantity Altstadt calls "almost unimaginable"-causing the regime to resort to repression to maintain its power. Despite Azerbaijan's long tradition of secularism, political Islam emerged as an attractive alternative for those frustrated with the stifled democratic opposition and the lack of critique of the West's continued political interference.

Altstadt's work draws on instances of censorship in the Azerbaijani press, research by embedded experts and nongovernmental and international organizations, and interviews with diplomats and businesspeople. The book is an essential companion to her earlier works, The Azerbaijani Turks: Power and Identity Under Russian Rule and The Politics of Culture in Soviet Azerbaijan, 1920-1940.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$60.00

Pre-order online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan follows a newly independent oil-rich former Soviet republic as it adopts a Western model of democratic government and then turns toward corrupt authoritarianism. Audrey L. Altstadt begins with the Nagorno-Karabagh War (1988-1994) which triggered Azerbaijani nationalism and set the stage f...

Audrey L. Altstadt is a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was a fellow at the Wilson Center in 2014-15.

other books by Audrey L. Altstadt

Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:Woodrow Wilson Center Press / Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231704569

ISBN - 13:9780231704564

Customer Reviews of Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

Audrey L. Altstadt is the finest American scholar on Azerbaijan. She has the perspective of a historian complemented by current contacts inside and outside of Azerbaijan and a strong policy sense.