The New Eurasia: A Guide to the Republics of the Former Soviet Union

The New Eurasia: A Guide to the Republics of the Former Soviet Union

The New Eurasia: A Guide to the Republics of the Former Soviet Union

The New Eurasia: A Guide to the Republics of the Former Soviet Union

Synopsis

This unique compilation on the Eurasian states of the former Soviet Union introduces the little-known yet strategic heartland of the world. Some of the data included has never before been published; none has been assembled in such a manner in which interrelationships of culture, history, diplomacy, economics, and defense are so clear and understandable. As a guide to the new republics no other source, reference or text, has accomplished this comprehensive undertaking. This volume reveals the new Eurasia with which the world must live for the foreseeable future.

Excerpt

This work has been a labor of love, yet it chronicles events that hold such significance for the future. That we may better understand the multiple forces at work in this changing world is my intention. To those who wish to learn more about this vast land, I encourage you to consult the suggested list for further reading, because each new country needs an in-depth examination that only intense study, travel, and intellectual inquiry may provide.

The citizens of the fifteen new states have come such a long way and they have paid an enormous price for the journey. It is my very great desire that the post-Soviet world evolve in a more peaceful, beneficial manner than the Soviet world before it. The new Eurasia represents the beginning of this new era if all work to fulfill the great promise it represents.

At the same time, turbulent events since the August 1991 attempted coup have exacted a high toll within the newly independent countries. The absence of democratic institutions, combined with great social ills and devastated economies, foreshadows a future of volatility and unpredictability. In view of the great gap between popular expectations and an often harsh reality, a number of outcomes are possible. In the end, the people residing in each country must live with that which evolves. We can only hope that the freedom and welfare of all citizens are the foremost considerations motivating those now determining their fate.

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