In the Southern Caucasus and the Black Sea Region
Edited By Ghia Nodia and Christoph H. Stefes
The last pages of this volume are Janus-faced. On one hand, they will situate the contributions of this volume in the broader research agenda on the South Caucasus of recent years. On the other hand, we look ahead and highlight research lacunae and fruitful venues for further social science work on Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Although the entire region does not comprise more than fifteen million people, it provides social scientists with a fascinating laboratory of societies that have laboured for almost 25 years with the quadruple challenge of building new political systems and economies as well as states and nations (Kuzio, 2001).
A review of articles published in three popular area studies journals (Europe-Asia Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, and Communist and Post-Communist Studies) between 2004 and 2014 reveals that the South Caucasus has enjoyed considerable scholarly attention. Roughly 40 articles have been published that focus on one or more countries of the region. That is almost one-fifth of all articles published in these three journals since 2004. This overrepresentation of the region, given its size, is good news. On the downside, the research agenda is narrow, focused on Georgia, and very much influenced by current events. Of the 40 articles, more than 10 articles focus exclusively on Georgia and in the vast majority of articles with multiple case studies, Georgia figures prominently. The same level of attention is not given to Armenia, not to mention Azerbaijan, which is analysed in just six articles (single-case and multiple-case...
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