Jamil Hasanli. Foreign policy of the Republic of Azerbaijan: the difficult road to western integration, 1918-1920 (2016)
|Title:||Foreign policy of the Republic of Azerbaijan: the difficult road to western integration, 1918-1920|
|Series:||Studies of Central Asia and the Caucasus, v. 6|
|Place:||London and New York|
|ISBN:||9780765640499, 9780765640505, 9781315670126|
|File:||PDF, 5.17 MB|
Jamil Hasanli. Foreign policy of the Republic of Azerbaijan: the difficult road to western integration, 1918-1920. Series: Studies of Central Asia and the Caucasus, v. 6. London and New York: Routledge, 2016, X+445 p. ISBN 9780765640499, ISBN 9780765640505, ISBN 9781315670126
As revolution swept over Russia and empires collapsed in the final days of World War I, Azerbaijan and neighbouring Georgia and Armenia proclaimed their independence in May 1918. During the ensuing two years of struggle for independence, military endgames, and treaty negotiations, the diplomatic representatives of Azerbaijan struggled to gain international recognition and favourable resolution of the territorial sovereignty of the country. This brief but eventful episode came to an end when the Red Army entered Baku in late April 1920.
Drawing on archival documents from Azerbaijan, Turkey, Russia, United States, France, and Great Britain, the accomplished historian, Jamil Hasanli, has produced a comprehensive and meticulously documented account of this little-known period. He narrates the tumultuous path of the short-lived Azerbaijani state toward winning international recognition and reconstructs a vivid image of the Azeri political elite’s quest for nationhood after the collapse of the Russian colonial system, with a particular focus on the liberation of Baku from Bolshevik factions, relations with regional neighbours, and the arduous road to recognition of Azerbaijan’s independence by the Paris Peace Conference.
Providing a valuable insight into the past of the South Caucasus region and the dynamics of the post-World War I era, this book will be an essential addition to scholars and students of Central Asian Studies and the Caucasus, history, foreign policy and political studies.
Jamil Hasanli is a former professor of history at Baku State University and Khazar University, Azerbaijan. In 1993, he was Advisor to the President of Azerbaijan and served two terms as a member of parliament of Azerbaijan from 2000-2010. He was also a History and Public Policy Scholar of Woodrow Wilson International Center in 2011, and has published numerous books and articles.