Daniel Pommier e Elchin Ahmadov – Shusha. Capitale culturale dell’Azerbaigian

preface: Franco Cardini
afterword: Margherita Costa

«Fascinating titles often correspond to disappointing content: but the opposite can also happen, and this is the case. Shusha, a small center between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, stretched between London and Moscow, between Istanbul and Isfahan, is the cradle of Azerbaijani culture».
Franco Cardini

THE BOOK: The first work, for more than a century, published in the West entirely dedicated to this splendid city, the historical capital of Karabakh. The text takes into consideration the personalities, buildings and monuments of the Azerbaijani people, founders, and over the centuries always largely the majority, of the city.
Shusha, isolated from the world for 28 years and emptied of its population, returns today to flourish again thanks to the restoration of squares, buildings and monuments and the construction of new roads, allowing its inhabitants, forced into exile, to finally return.
Founded in 1750 by Panahali khan at 1,600 meters above sea level and surrounded with imposing walls, Shusha is unique from a naturalistic, architectural, literary and artistic point of view. It is the cultural cradle of the country where an impressive number of poets, artists, musicians, architects, writers and singers who form the foundation of Azerbaijani history were born and lived. Among these intellectuals, the female presence in the literary field is notable, suffice it to mention the great poet and princess Natavan, who was a friend of Alexandre Dumas and protagonist of his work dedicated to the Caucasus.

Daniel Pommier (Roma, 1975) PhD in international relations, researcher in political sociology at the Department of Communication and Social Research of the University of Rome La Sapienza, associate professor in History of International Relations. Author of numerous articles and monographs on the history, politics and society of the Caucasus in the 20th century. Among his most recent works: Storia internazionale dell’Azerbaigian. L’incontro con l’Occidente (1918-1920) (Carocci, 2019).

Elchin Ahmadov (Shusha, 1968) since 1999 he has worked as a professor at the Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy of the Academy of Public Administration at the Presidency of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Since 2017 he has been dean of the faculty of Political Management at the Academy of Public Administration. He is a doctor of political science and professor of International Relations, as well as the author of 14 books, monographs, teaching aids, scientific and analytical articles on the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan published in various international newspapers in various languages.

author: Daniel Pommier e Elchin Ahmadov
title: Shusha. Capitale culturale dell’Azerbaigian
preface: Franco Cardini
afterword: Margherita Costa
price: 18,00 €
pages: 272
ISBN: 9788831492430