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978-1-4985-0813-1 • Hardback • December 2014 • $167.00 • (£129.00)
978-1-4985-0814-8 • eBook • December 2014 • $151.00 • (£117.00)
Jamil Hasanli is a former professor of history at Baku State University and Khazar University.
Chapter One: In a Tangle of Old Problems: First Steps of New Leaders of Azerbaijan
Chapter Two: The 20th Congress of the CPSU and Soviet Republics of the South Caucasus
Chapter Three: Enactment of the Law on State Language of Azerbaijan
Chapter Four: Deeping of Political Crisis in the Leadership of Azerbaijan
Chapter Five: The Year 1957: Aggravation of Contradictions in the Soviet Leadership and Azerbaijan
Chapter Six: Transformation of National Policy into a Key Factor of Society’s Development
Chapter Seven: Attempts of Party Bodies to Strengthen Control in Ideology
Chapter Eight: Summer 1959: Moscow’s Interference and Change of Leadership in Azerbaijan
As its title suggests, Jamil Hasanli’s latest work will most likely appeal to two broad constituencies: those interested in the Khrushchev era of Soviet history and those with a focus on Azerbaijan or the wider Caucasus region. This book surely has more to offer to the latter of these two groups, though there should also be plenty to interest the former, too. This is clearly a book based upon meticulous research in the largely-untapped archives of Azerbaijan, and one which duly offers a number of interesting contributions to the emerging picture of the period in question…. With such a dearth of high quality scholarly literature on the history of Soviet Azerbaijan available in the English language—and most of that which does exist has been written by Hasanli—this is a particularly welcome addition to the field.
— Europe-Asia Studies
Jamil Hasanli is, by a clear distance, Azerbaijan’s most distinguished historian. Yet again, his archival work and command of sources have delivered a fascinating and original text, this time a book covering a blank spot in the historiography of Azerbaijan: the period of the Khrushchev thaw. This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the twentieth-century history of the Caucasus.
— Thomas de Waal, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
In Khrushchev's Thaw and National Identity in Soviet Azerbaijan, 1954-1959, Azerbaijan's leading historian Jamil Hasanli provides a fascinating account of history unfolding at a time and in a place where history was thought to be frozen. Hasanli’s path-breaking work uncovers the undercurrents of politics after Stalin in a Soviet borderland, and will be of immense interest to students of Soviet history, the Caucasus, and socialism and nationalism more broadly.
— Michael A. Reynolds, Princeton University
Jamil Hasanli's new book sheds light on a little-researched but pivotal period of Azerbaijani history, the 1950s, when political life and national consciousness were reawakened after the death of Stalin. Dr. Hasanli illustrates this reawakening by examining internal communist party debates over appointments and policies concerning Stalin's purge victims and survivors in literature and other arts. The book tells a fascinating story of national resilience, individual stories of personal integrity, survival, betrayal, and loss, and the struggle over policies. Hasanli places Azerbaijan in Soviet policy context and provides a powerful counter-example to the popular "nation building" thesis among scholars of Soviet nationalities policies.
— Audrey Altstadt, University of Massachusetts Amherst