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The origins of the civil war in Tajikistan : nationalism, Islamism, and violent conflict in post-Soviet space
Epkenhans, Tim, author
London : Lexington Books, [2016]
Baker Berry DK928.8657 .E654 2016

Two roads diverge : the transition experience of Poland and Ukraine
Hartwell, Christopher, 1973- author
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Foreword -- Introduction -- A brief institutional history of Central Europe (part one) : Poland and its political institutions to 1989 -- A brief institutional history of Central Europe (part two) : Poland and its economic institutions to 1989 -- A brief institutional history of Eastern Europe : Ukraine and its institutions to 1989 -- The transition of Poland and Ukraine : two roads diverge -- Conclusion : the why of divergence.

The dramatic events of Maidan in February 2014 shone a spotlight on the immense problems facing Ukraine. At the same time that Ukraine was undergoing turmoil, its western neighbor Poland was celebrating twenty-five years of post-communism with a rosy economic outlook and projections of continued growth. How could two countries who shared similar linguistic, cultural, economic and political heritages diverge so wildly in economic performance in such a short span of time? The main argument of this book is that institutions, and more specifically the evolution or neglect of the particular institutions needed for a market economy, explain the economic divergence between Ukraine and Poland. This book discusses the evolution of key institutions such as property rights, trade, and the role of the executive branch of government to explain the recent relative performance of the two countries.
Baker Berry DK4382 .H365 2016

The Kremlin strikes back : Russia and the West after Crimea's annexation
Rosefielde, Steven, author
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Part I. Crimea's Annexation -- 1. Vendetta -- 2. Annexation -- Part II. Resurgent Cold War -- 3. Punitive measures -- 4. Minsk II protocol -- 5. Partnership to Cold War -- 6. War of attrition -- Part III. Correlation of Forces -- 7. Putin's economy -- 8. Ukrainian morass -- 9. Western secular stagnation -- 10. Military cross-currents -- 11. X-Factors -- Part IV. Duty to Prevail -- 12. Strategies -- 13. Double gaming -- Part V. What Is to Be Done -- 14. Coexistence -- 15. Eternal Russia.

"America and Europe responded to Russia's annexation of Crimea on March 18, 2014 by discarding their policy of East-West partnership and reverting intermittently to a policy of Cold War. The West believes that this on-again/off-again second Cold War will end with Russia's capitulation because it is not a sufficiently great power, while the Kremlin's view is just the opposite; Vladimir Putin believes that if Moscow has strategic patience, Russia can recover some of the geostrategic losses that it incurred when the Soviet Union collapsed. The Kremlin Strikes Back scrutinizes the economic prospects of both sides, including factors like military industrial prowess, warfighting capabilities, and national resolve, addressing particularly hot-button issues such as increasing military spending, decreasing domestic spending, and other policies. Stephen Rosefielde aims to objectively gauge future prospects and the wisdom of employing various strategies to address Russian developments"--
Baker Berry DK508.9.K78 R666 2017

Ancient Chorasmia : a polity between the semi-nomadic and sedentary cultural areas of Central Asia : cultural interactions and local developments from the sixth century BC to the first century AD
Minardi, Michele, author
Leuven : Peeters, 2015
Ancient Chorasmia was a polity which belonged to the Indo-Iranian cultural koine of Central Asia. It was situated at the northern borders of these territories surrounded by deserts, thus relatively isolated as an "oasis" during its long history. After the pioneering work of Soviet archaeologist S.P. Tolstov and colleagues in the region (correspondent with parts of today's Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), the polity has been neglected and since then the idea of its cultural isolation in the frame of Central Asian antiquity acknowledged by scholars. But the history of this ancient Persian "nation" is a history of exchanges and interrelations, closely related with the social and cultural development of the whole Central Asian region and of the Eurasian Steppes. This book is centred on the study of these external relations and considers their impact on the inner development of the polity during a time span of ca. six centuries. The chosen timeframe corresponds with the period beginning with the emergence of true settled civilisation in Ancient Chorasmia - with its integration in the Achaemenid sphere of influence - and ends with the expansion of the Kushan Empire in Central Asia - after the advance of the Hellenistic civilisation. This volume presents new hypotheses on the historical position of Chorasmia within Central Asia, challenging the current established chronology which needed to be revisited in the light of the most recent scholarly and field works on the subject.
Baker Berry Oversize DK949.K49 M56 2015

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