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Conflict in the Caucasus: The Thomas de Waal Interviews

Gorjevsky, Jane

The presentation pertains to the challenges in archiving and making available the collection of digitized recordings of interviews conducted by journalist and writer Thomas de Waal with key players in two conflicts that occurred in the period of the end of the Soviet Union, over Nagorny Karabakh (1988-1994) and Chechnya (1994-1996). The interviews constituted the basis of de Waal’s two authoritative books Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus, co-authored with Carlotta Gall, and Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War. Thomas De Waal interviewed leading figures on all sides of the conflicts from presidents and military commanders, to political activists and ordinary eye-witnesses. Most of the material, which is almost all in Russian, was not included in the two books. These first-person testimonies, many of them given by people who have since died, are a valuable first-handed record of these conflicts which defined the modern history of the Caucasus region. PRESENTED AT: the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) annual conference Session "Translation and Interpretation of Archives in Various Media: Practices and Challenges. "

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April 28, 2021