Historical Dictionary of Georgia

Rowman & Littlefield, 2015 - 759 sivua
Situated in the breathtaking Caucasus Mountains between the Black and the Caspian Seas, the country of Georgia sits at the crossroads between Europe and Asia; it has gone through more turbulence and change in the last twenty five years--the casting off of the Soviet regime, a civil war, two ethno-territorial conflicts, economic collapse, corruption, government inefficiency, and massive emigration--than most countries go through in 250 years. This small nation's strategic location at the crossroads of different civilizations has been a curse as well as a blessing. Once a battlefield between the ancient empires and the Christian and Islamic worlds, today it is caught between its NATO aspirations and its location in Russia's backyard. Yet, despite all challenges and hardships, this resilient and ancient country, with thousands of years of winemaking, three-thousand years of statehood, and almost two millennia of Christianity, continues to survive and thrive. Historical Dictionary of Georgia, Second Edition through its chronology, glossary, introduction, appendixes, maps, bibliography, and over 900 hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions and significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects, traces Georgia's history and provides a compass for the direction the country is heading. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Georgia.

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Alexander Mikaberidze is the Hubert D. Humphreys Professor of History at Louisiana State University, Shreveport. He has written and edited more than a dozen books on diplomatic and military history, includingThe Russian Officer Corps in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1792-1815 (2005),Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World (2011) andNapoleon's Trial by Fire: The Burning of Moscow, 1812 (2014).

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