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Armenia in crisis : the 1988 earthquake

Author: Pierre Verluise; Levon Chorbajian
Publisher: Detroit : Wayne State University Press, ©1995.
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"On December 7, 1988, the northwest region of Soviet Armenia, including Leninakan, the republic's second largest city, was devastated by an earthquake which left tens of thousands dead and forced the central government, for the first time in Soviet history, to call for international assistance."--BOOK JACKET. "Armenia in Crisis documents the tragic Armenian earthquake and the surrounding political controversies that  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pierre Verluise; Levon Chorbajian
ISBN: 0814325270 9780814325278 0814325289 9780814325285
OCLC Number: 31077165
Description: xxxiii, 162 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: PART I: A MAJOR CATASTROPHE: The earthquake and initial relief efforts --
Foreign relief aid arrives --
PART II: A TRAUMATIZED POPULATION: The foreign relief workers --
The disaster victims --
PART III: THE POLITICAL DIMENSION: The earthquake in its historical context --
The political earthquake.
Other Titles: Arménie, la fracture.
Responsibility: Pierre Verluise ; translated by Levon Chorbajian ; with a foreword by Gérard Chaliand.

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"On December 7, 1988, the northwest region of Soviet Armenia, including Leninakan, the republic's second largest city, was devastated by an earthquake which left tens of thousands dead and forced the central government, for the first time in Soviet history, to call for international assistance."--BOOK JACKET. "Armenia in Crisis documents the tragic Armenian earthquake and the surrounding political controversies that rocked the Soviet Union and contributed to its collapse. In sparse and gripping prose, Pierre Verluise, a French journalist and Soviet specialist, uses the accounts of survivors and relief workers to tell the story of this catastrophe in its human and political dimensions. Relying on personal interviews and press reports, he recounts the destruction and despair, the emotional reactions of survivors and relief workers, the political struggles between Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and the Armenians, and the shortcomings in Soviet construction methods and disaster preparedness."--BOOK JACKET. "The new epilogue by translator Levon Chorbajian completes Verluise's story of human loss and high political drama, with updates of Armenia's independence, the Soviet Union's demise, and the still uncompleted task of earthquake reconstruction."--BOOK JACKET.

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