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Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies

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The difficulties of knowing the start of war in the information age : Russia, Georgia and the war over South Ossetia, August 2008
The August War in 2008 generated incompatible accounts of the events causing its outbreak. Through an analysis of Russian language, Georgian language and major English print media, web and television sources, this article provides analysis of the empirical obstacles to objective knowledge; determines what we know, and what remains unknown, and demonstrating what is contested. It then shows the difficulties of being certain of the causes of war, the divergent terms and justifications used, and contends that the start of the war should not be treated as a single event. Rather, the start of the conflict must be understood in terms of an interlinking cycle of events.
10.1080/09662839.2012.656601
English

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Author Rick Fawn

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Co-author Robert Nalbandov

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21
1
Yes
0966-2839
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
26 April 2012
Paperback
57-89
Abingdon
Post-print
European security

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Harvard

Fawn, Rick and Nalbandov, Robert (2012) The difficulties of knowing the start of war in the information age : Russia, Georgia and the war over South Ossetia, August 2008. European security. 21 (1), pp. 57-89 Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Vancouver

Fawn Rick and Nalbandov Robert. The difficulties of knowing the start of war in the information age : Russia, Georgia and the war over South Ossetia, August 2008. European security 2012; 21 (1): 57-89.