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   Thomas de Waal Interviews, 1994-2001

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Thomas de Waal Interviews; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Abstract

Audio interviews by Thomas de Waal and their transcripts relating to the conflicts in Chechnia and Nagorno-Karabakh

At a Glance

Bib ID:12194542 View CLIO record
Title:Thomas de Waal Interviews, 1994-2001
Physical description: 32.5 GB (86 digital audio files, 67 digital transcripts)
Language(s):In English, and Russian,
Access: To be used onsite in the RBML reading room only. Copying by permission from the Harriman Institute Director or Associate Director. The access portal to this collection is still under construction, so researchers need to contact the RBML at least 48 hours in advance of their visit.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by interviewee.

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Description

Scope and Content

The digitized content of more than 70 hours of audio cassette tape interviews conducted by Mr. Thomas de Waal with some sixty participants and policymakers during the struggle between former Soviet Republics Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, and conflict of Russia with the breakaway republic of Chechnya. The digitized interviewees include Dzhokhar Musaevich Dudaev, the first president of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, in the North Caucasus, who was assassinated by Russian warplanes in April 1996; Mikhail Gorbachev; Eduard Shevardnadze, then-President of Georgia; as well as numerous military figures, human rights advocates, and others directly involved in the conflicts. The interviews are primarily in Russian, but a small number is in English or includes segments in English. 67 Russian-language interviews were fully or partially transcribed in 2017.

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Access Restrictions

To be used onsite in the RBML reading room only. Copying by permission from the Harriman Institute Director or Associate Director. The access portal to this collection is still under construction, so researchers need to contact the RBML at least 48 hours in advance of their visit.

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The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Thomas de Waal Interviews; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Processed in 2016-2017

Finding aid written in English.

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Subject Headings

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Armenia PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
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Chechnia (Russia) PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Thomas Patrick Lowndes de Waal (b. 1966) is a senior associate with Carnegie Europe, specializing in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region. He is based in London. A graduate of Balliol College, Oxford, he conducted these interviews while based in Moscow and reporting for the Moscow Times, the Times of London, and the Economist, specializing in Russian politics and the volatile situation in the Caucasus.

He is the co-author (with Carlotta Gall) of the book Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus (NYU Press, 1997), for which the authors were awarded the James Cameron Prize for Distinguished Reporting. Mr. de Waal also authored an authoritative book on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War (NYU Press, second edition 2013), which has been translated into Armenian, Azeri, Russian, and Turkish, as well as The Caucasus: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010). The interviews conducted on these tapes directly informed each of these publications.

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