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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book which deals with the whole of the Caucasus, and aims to give an insight in the development of state building and conflict resolution in the area. The book utilizes a different method of looking at the state building process, by looking at it from a legal and political perspective. The starting point is the 1933 Montevideo Convention, which was the first international legal document to list criteria which had to be complied before states would decide to recognize an entity as a state. Different forms of states are discussed, with special emphasis on the position of minorities in the state.

Keywords: Caucasus; conflict resolution; state building



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