The nation of Azerbaijan combines rich historical tradition with a modern mindset. As a former part of the Soviet Union, it has had to forge its own path in the 21st century. Readers will explore the successes and setbacks along the way with this informative and engaging guide. The detailed narrative and enlightening sidebars highlight political, cultural, geographical, and economic facts about Azerbaijan. Maps and images of this country's landscapes and people bring its culture into delightful focus. Recipes allow readers to take a hands-on approach to enjoying Azerbaijan.