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 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 ReviewLike 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.
Preface to the Second EditionPrefaceNote on Transliteration and DatingPart OneThe Rise and Fall of the Georgian Monarchies1 The Formation of the Georgian Nation2 Christian Georgia: The First Thousand Years3 The Long Twilight of the Georgian KingdomsPart TwoGeorgia in the Russian Empire4 Russian Rule and Georgian Society5 Emancipation anh the End of Seigneurial Georgia6 Thge Emergence of Political Society7 Marxism and the National Struggle8 The End of Tsarist GeorgiaPart ThreeRevolutionary and Soviet Georgia9 Revolution and Republic10 Bolshevik Georgia11 Stalin's Revolution12 Stalinism in Georgia13 Georgia and Soviet Nationality Policy since Stalin14 The Georgian Road to IndependeceGlossaryNotesBibliographical NoteIndex