By Nikki Kazimova
For Westerners, the trendy kingdom of Azerbaijan should be tough to pinpoint. This small, oil-rich state within the southern Caucasus, at the southwestern shore of the Caspian Sea, in basic terms made its means directly to the modern international map after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. because the international shrinks and pageant for helpful assets intensifies, the path this strategically and economically very important kingdom takes will impact us all. The traditionally tolerant and pluralist Azeri humans have an historical heritage and a wealthy tradition. Azerbaijan lay at the course of the nice Silk highway, the exchange community that attached China with Europe, and its humans have lived via centuries of conquests by means of assorted imperial powers. It used to be additionally positioned within the middle of the good online game, the fight for regulate of relevant Asia performed out among Russia and the West on the activate the 19th century, which appears to be like facing a latest remake. Azerbaijan has been referred to as “the indispensable borderland, again and again over: among Europe and Asia, Islam and Christianity, Russia and the center East, Turks and Iranians, Shi’a and Sunni Islam.” Azerbaijan was once in brief self sufficient after the 1st global battle, whilst it used to be the 1st Muslim kingdom to undertake innovative Western values. A democratic republic with complete women’s suffrage, it boasted the 1st women’s highschool, the 1st opera, and the 1st lady opera composer, in addition to the 1st ballet within the Muslim global. There seventy years of Soviet rule. After a sour warfare in 1991–94, parts of Azerbaijan have been occupied by means of neighboring Armenia, and the rustic has absorbed an enormous variety of refugees. whilst, it truly is experiencing a brand new oil increase and the economic system is becoming. one of the humans, there's a growing to be feel of nationwide identification. tradition clever! Azerbaijan seems on the many points of this identification and explains the advanced workings of Azerbaijani society. it's going to equip you with important details and suggestion concerning the customs, practices, and sensibilities of a society poised on the point of switch.
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Extra info for Azerbaijan - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
It was also romanticized in the best-selling international novel Ali and Nino, in which a prototypical noble Azerbaijani fighter dies in battle with the invading Bolshevik forces on the banks of the Kura River near Ganja in 1920, and with him perishes the hope of independent democratic Azerbaijan for the coming decades. Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic In 1921, Soviet Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia signed the Treaty of Kars with Turkey, which formalized the present-day borders between Turkey and the southern Caucasian states.
During the “oil boom,” Baku entered a phase of rapid development. Many of the local industrial oil magnates, such as Zeynalabdin Taghiyev, Musa Nagiyev, and Murtuza Mukhtarov, became benefactors of education and the arts, and built beautiful residences designed by European architects, many of which were later donated to charity. Today, Baku owes its European looks to these magnificent buildings of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the early 1870s, the first Azerbaijani National Theater and the first newspaper were founded.
1 About the Author NIKKI KAZIMOVA is a Baku-born cross-cultural trainer and freelance writer. An honors graduate from the Azerbaijan University of Culture and Arts, she has an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Over the last ten years, Nikki has been dividing her time between Azerbaijan and the USA, where she studied and worked in journalism and for media development organizations, including CNN International and the International Center for Journalists in Washington. She has worked for ExxonMobil in Azerbaijan, was a regional correspondent for Bloomberg News and the International Journalists Network, and was consultant to nonprofit organizations in Baku and Washington.
Azerbaijan - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture by Nikki Kazimova