Published and updated annually, Russia and Eurasia deals with the twelve independent republics that became members of the Commonwealth of Independent States following the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1992
This 48th edition begins with introductory comments followed by an analysis of the Russian Federation; it includes information on the land and people, the Communist era, the Putin presidency, the culture, the changing economy, and much more. This is the largest section of the book, at 137 pages. This section is followed by a discussion of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Although shorter in length, the sections on Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan contain plentiful information about such things as the land, people, culture, history, and economy of each country. Country sections also begin with handy facts on the size of the country and population, cities, the climate, neighboring states, languages spoken, ethnic composition, principal religions, chief commercial products, currency, per capita annual income, recent political status, chief of state, head of government, national flag, and national day. The addition of easy-to-read black-and-white maps enhances the work, as does the use of black-and-white photos. Authored by Brent Hierman, assistant professor in the Department of International Studies at the Virginia Military Institute, this reference work provides quick and authoritative answers. Recommended to public and academic libraries.--American Reference Books Annual
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Brent Hierman is an Assistant Professor of International Studies and Political Science at Virginia Military Institute. His research and teaching interests span the field of comparative politics. These interests include inter-ethnic relations, trust, state-building, and national integration. His specific regional interest is in Central Asia and he has experience living and working in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.