Armenia has had a long history and only regained its independence in 1991 after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Armenia had been engulfed by the Soviet Union in 1922 and had been previously controlled by the Ottoman and Russian Empires. Before that, Armenia had been overrun by the Mongols during the 13th century. It enjoyed a brief time of independence after World War I before the takeover by the Turks and then the Russians. After declaring their independence in 1991, Armenia found itself in dire financial straits and then in a war with neighboring Azerbaijan. Turkey joined the blockade against Armenia before Russia interceded with successful peace talks in 1994. Aside from these two longtime enemies (Turkey and Azerbaijan), Armenia retains good relations with the rest of the world's nations as of 2010. It's economy has continued to grow since 1995 and the nation has made strides in modern technology and even tourism. Armenia remains one of the predominantly Christian nations in their part of the world, and the nation boasts a unique Armenian language and alphabet.