For the first time, this major new survey of the Caucasus traces a unified narrative history of this complex and turbulent region at the borderlands of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, from prehistory to the present. For thousands of years the Caucasus has formed the intersection of routes of migration, invasion, trade and culture, and a geographical bridge between Europe and Asia, subject to recurring imperial invasion. Drawing on sources in English, Russian, Persian and Arabic, amongst others, this authoritative study centres on the region’s many indigenous peoples, including Abkhazians, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Chechens and Circassians, and their relations with outsiders who still play an important part in the life of the region today. The book presents a critical view of the historical role of Russian imperialism in events in the Caucasian countries, and the violent struggle of some of these peoples in their efforts to establish a precarious independence.
Forsyth, J. (2013). The Caucasus: A History. Cambridge University Press.
This paper looks at the European Union process of engagement in the South Caucasus in the context of its Neighborhood Policy. It looks at how divergent perceptions of the region impact on regional policy choices, with an emphasis on regional cooperation. It is argued that regional cooperation should overcome the artificially constructed “South Caucasus” regional label and unfold along different patterns and variable compositions. The paper advances the proposal for a Eurasian/Black Sea security complex, framing in a wider format regional bounds, while maximizing them in new cooperation frames, inverting the tendency for imposed labels and uncooperative stances in the area.
Simão, L., & Freire, M. R. (2008). The EU’s Neighborhood Policy and the South Caucasus: Unfolding New Patterns of Cooperation. Caucasian Review of International Affairs, 2(4), 47-61.