By Tadeusz Świętochowski, Brian C. Collins
The background of Azerbaijan is a chronology of its domination. Its newest ruler used to be the USSR, yet Azerbaijan has been in the barriers of many conquerers from the Medians to Alexander the good to the Arabs and Turks. during the lengthy heritage of overseas occupations, the Azeris have preserved a countrywide identification and so they have periodically generated neighborhood leaders. With the hot get a divorce of the USSR, Azerbaijan can once more assert itself as an autonomous kingdom. Strategically situated and of monetary curiosity to different international locations, Azerbaijan can't be neglected. The Azeris are united via their language, Azeris, their faith, Islam, and a typical historical past. besides the fact that, because the Russian conquest of northern Azerbaijan within the first half the 19th century, they've been divided through politics. Azerbaijan is a divided land; its cultural obstacles stretch past the geopolitical ones in order that a wide section of what was Azerbaijan is at the moment a part of Iran, and extra Azerbaijanis reside inside Iran (in Iranian Azerbaijan) than within the autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan.The modern background of Azerbaijan has been a sophisticated tale. there's an on-going clash with neighboring Armenia which has formed not just overseas coverage and kinfolk, however the family politics of the kingdom. these politics were extra advanced by means of Western curiosity in Azerbaijani off-shore oil deposits.Given its historical past, Azerbaijan is unquestionably no longer the simplest state to explain. This ancient dictionary does a very good task regardless of the problems. It presents entries on folks, associations and occasions, with a few emphasis on contemporary sessions, yet with a view of the earliest heritage. There are different entries at the vital facets of the economic climate, society, faith and tradition. additionally important are an creation for context, and a beneficial chronology. A decide on bibliography of works in English and different languages completes the quantity.