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Eight Pieces of Empire: A 20-Year Journey Through the Soviet Collapse

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Not with a bang, but with a quiet, ten-minute address on Christmas Day, 1991: this is how the Soviet Union met its end. But in the wake of that one deceptively calm moment, conflict and violence soon followed. Some of the emergent new countries began to shed totalitarianism while other sought to revive their own dead empires or were led by ex-Soviet leaders who built equally or even more repressive political machines. Since the late 1980s, Sheets lived and reported from the former USSR and saw firsthand the reverberations of the empire’s collapse. Eight Pieces of Empire draws readers into the people, politics and day-to-day life, painting a vivid portrait of a tumultuous time.

Sheets’ stories about people living through these tectonic shifts of fortune—a trio of female saboteurs in Chechnya, the chaos of newly independent Georgia in the early 1990s, young hustlers eager to strike it rich in the post-Soviet economic vacuum—reveal the underreported and surprising ways in which the ghosts of empire still haunt these lands and the world.

Synopsis:

Not with a bang, but with a quiet, ten-minute address on Christmas Day, 1991: this is how the Soviet Union met its end. But in the wake of that one deceptively calm moment, conflict and violence soon followed. Some of the emergent new countries began to shed totalitarianism while other sought to revive their own dead empires or were led by ex-Soviet leaders who built equally or even more repressive political machines. Since the late 1980s, Sheets lived and reported from the former USSR and saw firsthand the reverberations of the empire’s collapse. Eight Pieces of Empire draws readers into the people, politics and day-to-day life, painting a vivid portrait of a tumultuous time.

Sheets’ stories about people living through these tectonic shifts of fortune—a trio of female saboteurs in Chechnya, the chaos of newly independent Georgia in the early 1990s, young hustlers eager to strike it rich in the post-Soviet economic vacuum—reveal the underreported and surprising ways in which the ghosts of empire still haunt these lands and the world.

About the Author

LAWRENCE SCOTT SHEETS reported for National Public Radio for seven years and was NPR’s Moscow bureau chief from 2001-2005, covering the entire former USSR. He was Caucasus region bureau chief for Reuters from 1992-2000 and a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University from 2000-2001. He also worked for NBC News in Moscow during 1992 and his work has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, and heard on the BBC World Service, Public Radio International, and other news outlets. Sheets is currently South Caucasus Project Director of the International Crisis Group, focusing on Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.

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Table of Contents

Contents for Eight Pieces of Empire (Broadway Paperbacks)

 

Legal Note

Author’s Note

 

PART I—FAREWELL LENINGRAD, FAREWELL EMPIRE (1989–1991)

A Civil War Outside My Door

Our Communal

Tears of a KGB Man

A Bigamist Bandit and a Button Maker

Sickle and Hammer Down: An Empire’s Last Hours

 

PART II—GEORGIA: ANARCHY IN PARADISE (1992–1996)

Nobody Started This War

Exodus

Buried Five Times: Insurgents in Flat Black Nylons

A Word About War

 

PART III—AZERBAIJAN AND ARMENIA AT WAR (1993–1996)

Azerbaijan: Lifesaving Carpets

Armenia: A Faded Tintype of Mount Ararat

Azerbaijan: The Shish Kebab War and Eastern Democracy

 

PART IV—CHECHNYA: ECHOES OF THE DEPORTATION (1993–2004)

Grenade, Lightly Tossed

Grozny

Three Libertine Sabotage Women

A Disappearance

Three Boys Seeking Martyrdom

 

PART V—RESURRECTIONS: THE ABDICATION OF ATHEISM (1998–2005)

A Nameless Bunch of Bones

A KGB Church and Latter-day Saints

 

PART VI—CENTRAL ASIA: RISE OF THE RED SULTANS (2001–2002)

Uzbekistan: I Cannot Answer That Question

An Afghan Interlude

The Island of Dr. Moreau

 

PART VII—REVOLUTIONS, REINDEER, AND RADIATION (2003–2011)

The Flaming Recliner

Last Song of the Ultas

Home, Sweet Chernobyl

The Road to the Schoolhouse

 

PART VIII—AN EMPIRE EPILOGUE

 

Acknowledgments

Selected Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307395832
Author:
Sheets, Lawrence Scott
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Russia-Post Soviet Republics
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.1 x 0.69 in 0.54 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History
History and Social Science » Russia » Post Soviet Republics
History and Social Science » Russia » Soviet States Post 1985
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , Not with a bang, but with a quiet, ten-minute address on Christmas Day, 1991: this is how the Soviet Union met its end. But in the wake of that one deceptively calm moment, conflict and violence soon followed. Some of the emergent new countries began to shed totalitarianism while other sought to revive their own dead empires or were led by ex-Soviet leaders who built equally or even more repressive political machines. Since the late 1980s, Sheets lived and reported from the former USSR and saw firsthand the reverberations of the empire’s collapse. Eight Pieces of Empire draws readers into the people, politics and day-to-day life, painting a vivid portrait of a tumultuous time.

Sheets’ stories about people living through these tectonic shifts of fortune—a trio of female saboteurs in Chechnya, the chaos of newly independent Georgia in the early 1990s, young hustlers eager to strike it rich in the post-Soviet economic vacuum—reveal the underreported and surprising ways in which the ghosts of empire still haunt these lands and the world.

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