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Author: Charlotte Hille
State building processes in the Caucasus are influenced by the culture of the Caucasus, and previous experiences with state building after World War I. The conflicts which erupted at the time have influenced territorial claims. The role of foreign powers as Russia, the United States, Turkey, Germany is considerable in the region. Divide and rule policy of Joseph Stalin is another factor which describes existing animosities between peoples in the Caucasus. Since 1989 a transition process, or state building process, has started in the North and the South Caucasus. This book gives an in-depth analysis of the backgrounds of the conflicts, including activities by IGO's and NGOs, and the developments in international law with regard to state building practice.
Iran and the Caucasus is a peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary journal. Published in four issues per year, the Journal promotes original, innovative, and meticulous research on the history (ancient, mediaeval and modern), culture, linguistics, literature (textology), folklore, social and cultural anthropology, and the political issues of the Irano-Caucasian world. Accepting articles in English, French and German, Iran and the Caucasus publishes path-breaking monographic studies, synoptic essays, as well as book reviews and book notes that highlight and analyse important new publications. Iran and the Caucasus is edited under the guidance of an Editorial Board consisting of prominent scholars from the area itself, as well as from beyond. It is unique in being a scholarly forum in the truest sense of the word on a region of growing importance, and a treasure-trove of information otherwise hard to get at.

All manuscripts, editorial correspondence and books for review should be emailed to or sent to:
Garnik S. Asatrian, Editor Iran and the Caucasus
Caucasian Centre for Iranian Studies
375010 Khorenatsi Str. 26, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia

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Author: Mikail Mamedov

Russia’s relations with the Caucasus date back to the Middle Ages, when Eastern Slavs moved back and forth between their homeland and the pre-Caucasian steppe. This was Russia’s Caucasian frontier. 1 Russian and Soviet historians have described the long-lasting history of diplomatic relations

In: Russian History
Author: Alexey Fominykh

Russia’s soft-power strategy in the post-Soviet region. While Russia’s public diplomacy aimed at the Baltic states or Ukraine mostly relies on manipulative methods that are rooted in the Cold War era, 3 the use of these technologies is not so prominent in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Instead

In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy
This book contains papers representing the results of the latest research into the relationship between the ‘imperial’ culture of the Achaemenids and local traditions. Some of them are devoted to the Southern Caucasus, especially to latest archaeological excavations and to investigations into specific categories of archaeological finds. Other articles concern other regions of the Achaemenid world. The article by L. Summerer represents a publication of a unique work of art: the painting on one of the walls of a wooden tomb in Tatarlı in Western Anatolia, depicting a battle between Persians and warriors of nomadic (Scythian-Saka) appearance. The article by S. Sajjadi presents readers with the results of interesting research, which has been going on in Sistan.

Originally published as issue 3-4 of Volume 13 (2007) of Brill's journal Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia. For more details on this journal, please click here.
Author: Rebecca Gould

This essay investigates the challenges facing Caucasus philology, by which I mean the institutional capacity to conduct deep research into the literary cultures of Azerbaijan Republic, Georgia, Daghestan, and Chechnya. I argue that the philological approach to the literary cultures of the Caucasus has been a casualty of the rise of areas studies in the North American academy during the Cold War, and that Cold War legacies continue to shape Caucasus Studies to this day. I conclude by offering three proposals for opening exchanges between the humanities and the social sciences within Caucasus Studies. More broadly, this essay argues for a rapprochement between the social sciences and philological inquiry vis-à-vis the Caucasus.

In: Iran and the Caucasus
Author: Hirotake Maeda


The purpose of the article is to examine the account of a newly discovered Persian chronicle, the third volume of Afzal al-tavarikh by Fazli Khuzani al-Isfahani. In the reign of Shah ‘Abbas, for a decade, Fazli worked in the Caucasus as the top Safavid administrator, vizier of Barda‘ and Kakheti. Thus, his account has particular importance for the history of the Caucasus. He conveys new and detailed information about the local administrative units and local representatives. He even refers to a Georgian word and narrates the uprising in Georgia in 1625 led by Giorgi Saakadze (Murav Beg) as a witness to the event. His descriptions of Qizilbash representatives, Armenians, Jews, and North Caucasians are also worth mentioning.

In: Studies on Iran and The Caucasus

the Caucasus. Objects of this category have been recorded in the Caucasus in a number of different variations and in a somewhat modified form beyond its borders as well. We know, at present, thirteen bronze terminals in this series from publications (it is possible that there will be additions to this

In: Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia

Introduction Darevskia (Caucasian rock lizards; Arribas, 1997 ) is a monophyletic species group mainly from the Caucasus Ecoregion (Zazanashvili et al., 2004 ). The group is highly speciose, with between 20 and 30 bisexually breeding species, most of them with very limited geographic range

In: Amphibia-Reptilia
Editor: Elton L. Daniel
The Encyclopædia Iranica is dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent. It also includes scholarly articles related to the reciprocal influences between Persia and its neighbors, extending from pre-history to the present. The disciplines represented include: anthropology, archaeology, geography, art history, ethnology, sociology, economics, history of religion, philosophy, mysticism, history of science and medicine, Islamic history, botany, zoology, folklore, development of agriculture and industry, political science, international relations, and diplomatic history.