The Making of the Georgian Nation

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Indiana University Press, 1994 - 418 pages
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"... the best study in English to date for an understanding of Georgian nationalism." —Religious Studies Review

"... the standard account of Georgian history in English." —American Historical Review

"... tour de force research... fascinating reading." —American Political Science Review

Like the other republics floating free after the demise of the Soviet empire, the independent republic of Georgia is reinventing its past, recovering what had been forgotten or distorted during the long years of Russian and Soviet rule. Whether Georgia can successfully be transformed from a society rent by conflict into a pluralistic democratic nation will depend on Georgians rethinking their history.

This is the first comprehensive treatment of Georgian history, from the ethnogenesis of the Georgians in the first millennium B.C., through the period of Russian and Soviet rule in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to the emergence of an independent republic in 1991, the ethnic and civil warfare that has ensued, and perspectives for Georgia's future.

 

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There aren't many books out there that detail the history of the Republic of Georgia. This is an excellent resource and helped me a great deal in writing my undergrad thesis on the art of this country. Read full review

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Unfortunately this work contains too much rough mistakes, full of wrong information. This is sad that many real sources which still are not translated in foreign languages especially on English. The upcoming purpose of the Royal House of Georgia is to support historians to make correct translations of Georgian history. We hope that soon world will be able to get a real history which will help to prevent from misleading. The only single but important detail that we'd like to touch is that this work mistakenly states that the last King of Georgia Giorgi XII has renounced from the throne and requested his country to be incorporated into the Russia. This information is WRONG and was spread by Russian political forces, otherwise one has to show the proof of it !  

Contents

The Formation of the Georgian Nation
3
The First Thousand Years
20
The Long Twilight of the Georgian Kingdoms
42
Russian Rule and Georgian Society
63
Emancipation and the End of Seigneurial
96
O The Emergence of Political Society
113
Marxism and the National Struggle
144
Revolution and Republic
185
Stalins Revolution
237
12 Stalinism in Georgia
260
I3 Georgia and Soviet Nationality Policy since
292
The Georgian Road to Independence
317
Glossary
337
Notes
343
Bibliographical Note
403
Index
409

Bolshevik Georgia
209

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