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In the summer of 2008, a conflict that appeared to have begun in the breakaway Georgian territory of South Ossetia rapidly escalated to become the most significant crisis in European security in a decade. The implications of the Russian-Georgian war will be understood differently depending on one's narrative of what transpired and perspective on the broader context. This b In the summer of 2008, a conflict that appeared to have begun in the breakaway Georgian territory of South Ossetia rapidly escalated to become the most significant crisis in European security in a decade. The implications of the Russian-Georgian war will be understood differently depending on one's narrative of what transpired and perspective on the broader context. This book is designed to present the facts about the events of August 2008 along with comprehensive coverage of the background to those events. It brings together a wealth of expertise on the South Caucasus and Russian foreign policy, with contributions by Russian, Georgian, European, and American experts on the region.


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In the summer of 2008, a conflict that appeared to have begun in the breakaway Georgian territory of South Ossetia rapidly escalated to become the most significant crisis in European security in a decade. The implications of the Russian-Georgian war will be understood differently depending on one's narrative of what transpired and perspective on the broader context. This b In the summer of 2008, a conflict that appeared to have begun in the breakaway Georgian territory of South Ossetia rapidly escalated to become the most significant crisis in European security in a decade. The implications of the Russian-Georgian war will be understood differently depending on one's narrative of what transpired and perspective on the broader context. This book is designed to present the facts about the events of August 2008 along with comprehensive coverage of the background to those events. It brings together a wealth of expertise on the South Caucasus and Russian foreign policy, with contributions by Russian, Georgian, European, and American experts on the region.

30 review for The Guns of August 2008: Russia's War in Georgia

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jelger Groeneveld

    Detailed essays explaining the wider context that lead to the 2008 war. Good to read some back every now and then as it also gives hints on recurring events.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    This book is a collection of ten essays by prominent scholars on the Caucasus, Georgia, and Russia. However it is worth noting that it is heavily biased towards Georgia, as evidenced by the title alone. Its worth noting that while the editors of the book proudly state that "the editors did not propose any organizing hypotheses, nor were they guided in their selection of authors by any expectation that they would adhere to one view or another." (p. 8) A cursory glance at the contributors list sug This book is a collection of ten essays by prominent scholars on the Caucasus, Georgia, and Russia. However it is worth noting that it is heavily biased towards Georgia, as evidenced by the title alone. Its worth noting that while the editors of the book proudly state that "the editors did not propose any organizing hypotheses, nor were they guided in their selection of authors by any expectation that they would adhere to one view or another." (p. 8) A cursory glance at the contributors list suggests otherwise: of the twelve names listed (ten authors and two editors), at least seven of them have direct ties to Georgia (either studying there or working with the government), while seven have worked with either the US government or NATO. So to suggest that the book is anything but neutral is factually incorrect. However, if one is to accept the inherent biases contained within the book, it does provide an excellent examination of the conflict. Indeed some of the essays work from a more neutral tone, even offering criticism of the Georgian government. But for the most part, the book details how Russian actions prior to August 2008 led to the war, with analysis going back to the fall of the Soviet Union. If you are interested in a neutral, balanced account of the war, this volume is not an appropriate choice. However it does give considerable information on the conflict, even if one is forced to accept the pro-Georgian biases within it

  3. 5 out of 5

    Spencer Willardson

    This collection of essays gives a pretty good overview of the Russia Georgia 5 day war in August 2008. Chapters include information on the historical roots of the conflict, the aftermath of Georgia's rose revolution, the military build up prior to the conflict, the conflict itself, and the potential future impact of the war. The tone of the book is not friendly to the Russian point of view, but it is rarely pro-Georgian. The US and West's response (or more appropriately, lack of coherent respons This collection of essays gives a pretty good overview of the Russia Georgia 5 day war in August 2008. Chapters include information on the historical roots of the conflict, the aftermath of Georgia's rose revolution, the military build up prior to the conflict, the conflict itself, and the potential future impact of the war. The tone of the book is not friendly to the Russian point of view, but it is rarely pro-Georgian. The US and West's response (or more appropriately, lack of coherent response)are objects of discontent among the authors. Overall I would recommend it to those interested in Russian foreign policy, conflict, or this particular dispute. It is a great starting point for forays into those areas. The bibliography is quite extensive and led me to more sources for corroborating and countervailing information.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Much more academic than I had anticipated. Perhaps not for the lay reader simply interested in a narrative of the war between Georgia and Russia. Regardless I found it an interesting book and particularly relevant as Russia seems to be on a downward spiral into ever increasing authoritarianism and increasing their self adopted role of regional thug and perusing destabilizing policies around the world.

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    Deepak

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  15. 5 out of 5

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    José Lozano

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    Vivek Seth

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    Konstantine Ladaria

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    Alexandra Serban

  28. 4 out of 5

    Flo

    Mandatory reading for Marine Le Pen.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Manoj Rawat

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rajnish Pandey

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