Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan

Hardcover | February 7, 2017

byAudrey L. Altstadt

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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.

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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.

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

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ISBN - 10:0231704569

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List of Maps and TablesPrefaceAcknowledgmentsNotes on Languages and SpellingList of Acronyms and AbbreviationsIntroduction1. A Starting Point: History and Geopolitics and What They Tell Us 2. The Open Wound: Mountainous Karabagh and National Consciousness3. Azerbaijan's Best and Brightest: The Rise, Decline, and Renewal of the Democratic Opposition4. Oil Lifts All Boats? Social and Economic Repercussions and the Rise of Corruption5. Jail for the "Donkey Bloggers": Crushing Youth Activism, Human Rights, and a Free Media6. Allah-u Akbar: Islam in Azerbaijan-Piety, Politics, and the Future7. What's Next? The Choices AheadNotesSelected Bibliography of Major SourcesIndex

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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.