What La Generalista has to say:

For some, this book is quite controversial – I actually found it to be refreshingly balanced. Most Western books that cover anything related to Russia tend to lack objectivity, but de Waal manages to recount both past and recent history in an unbiased way – which is exactly why many have likely objected to it. This is not a pretty and romanticized account, but a realistic version of events.

As the title states, this book is but a quick dive into a very complex history – a mere introduction to the Caucasus – de Waal delivers on that promise and offers a very readable and informative quick peek into the region and its history.

There are very few english offerings on the Caucasus, so this is a much needed book. For those who feel that it is not balanced, please do offer your perspective – we need more English content on this part of the world.

The Caucasus: An Introduction is available for purchase at Amazon.

About Author

La Generalista is the online identity of Alicia Wanless – a researcher and practitioner of strategic communications for social change in a Digital Age. Alicia is the director of the Partnership for Countering Influence Operations at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. With a growing international multi-stakeholder community, the Partnership aims to foster evidence-based policymaking to counter threats within the information environment. Wanless is currently a PhD Researcher at King’s College London exploring how the information environment can be studied in similar ways to the physical environment. She is also a pre-doctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and was a tech advisor to Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder. Her work has been featured in Lawfare, The National Interest, Foreign Policy, and CBC.

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