Book Reviews / Iran and the Caucasus 22 (2018) 119-121 119 Babak Rezvani, Conflict and Peace in Central Eurasia: Towards Explana- tions and Understandings, Leiden-Boston: “Brill Academic Publishers”, 2015—373 pp. The innovative aspect of this study is threefold. First, despite the fact that more than two decades have passed since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, studies comparing its southern areas to the culturally similar Mid- dle Eastern and Central Asian countries (particularly, Iran, Turkey, Af- ghanistan, etc.) have been very rare. Therefore, this book can be consid- ered among the pioneering researches in the field. Second, Rezvani’s work is an attempt to test and/or formulate new theories; it is quite rich from the point of social science analytical ap- proach. However, since it lacks adequate theoretical explanation concern- ing the role of poverty in emerging violence, it implies theories on ethnic- ity and nationalism at length. Thanks to the discussion of a large body of the social science theory, the book, notably Chapter 2 and, to some extent, Chapter 3, may serve as a manual for those working on ethnicity, national- ism and conflict. The author reviews the Iranian and Soviet ethnic and territorial poli- cies and suggests
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