Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia

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Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia is a country of rainforests and swamps, snow and glaciers, and semi-arid plains. It has ski resorts and mineral springs, monuments and an oil pipeline. It also has one of the longest and most turbulent histories in the Christian or Near Eastern world, but no comprehensive, up-to-date account has been written about this little-known country—until now. Remedying this omission, Donald Rayfield accesses a mass of new material from recently opened ...

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Overview

Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia is a country of rainforests and swamps, snow and glaciers, and semi-arid plains. It has ski resorts and mineral springs, monuments and an oil pipeline. It also has one of the longest and most turbulent histories in the Christian or Near Eastern world, but no comprehensive, up-to-date account has been written about this little-known country—until now. Remedying this omission, Donald Rayfield accesses a mass of new material from recently opened archives to tell Georgia’s absorbing story.
 
Beginning with the first intimations of the existence of Georgians in ancient Anatolia and ending with today’s volatile President Saakashvili, Rayfield deals with the country’s internal politics and swings between disintegration and unity, and divulges Georgia’s complex struggles with the empires that have tried to control, fragment, or even destroy it. He describes the country’s conflicts with Xenophon’s Greeks, Arabs, invading Turks, the Crusades, Genghis Khan, the Persian Empire, the Russian Empire, and Soviet totalitarianism. A wide-ranging examination of this small but colorful country, its dramatic state-building, and its tragic political mistakes, Edge of Empires draws our eyes to this often overlooked nation.

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Editorial Reviews

William Boyd
“Donald Rayfield’s Edge of Empires is a wonderful history of Georgia, lifting the lid on that country's torrid, rambunctious past (and present). Impeccably researched, limpidly written and full of insight.”
Tony Barber

“Donald Rayfield’s panoramic Edge of Empires is an impressive work that helps us understand why this south Caucasus nation of 6.4m people lodged in a hostile and unstable neighbourhood looks so longingly to the West. . . . Edge of Empires is the most wide-ranging and reliable history of Georgia one is likely to find for many years to come.”

The Economist
“[An] ambitious and comprehensive history of a complex country. . . . Mr. Rayfield’s powerful theme is of brief periods of prosperity and security, ended by invasion, conquest, looting and despoliation.”
"Books of the Year

 “The most comprehensive and up-to-date history of Georgia available in English. This tour de force explains why the small south Caucasus nation looks longingly to the west. A work of consummate erudition from Britain’s foremost expert on Georgian history and literature.”

Financial Times Tony Barber
“Donald Rayfield’s panoramic Edge of Empires is an impressive work that helps us understand why this south Caucasus nation of 6.4m people lodged in a hostile and unstable neighbourhood looks so longingly to the West. . . . Edge of Empires is the most wide-ranging and reliable history of Georgia one is likely to find for many years to come.”
Choice
“Rayfield offers the most comprehensive and detailed survey history of the country of Georgia to date. . . . An excellent and indispensable reference for libraries, studies, researchers, and general readers. Essential.”
" Financial Times "Books of the Year

 “The most comprehensive and up-to-date history of Georgia available in English. This tour de force explains why the small south Caucasus nation looks longingly to the west. A work of consummate erudition from Britain’s foremost expert on Georgian history and literature.”
Choice magazine
2013 Outstanding Academic Title
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780230306
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/15/2012
  • Pages: 479
  • Sales rank: 750,590
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Rayfield is professor emeritus of Russian and Georgian in the Department of Russian, Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Stalin and His Hangmen: The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 The Emergence of the Kartvelians 11

2 The Origins of the Kingdom of Kartli 22

3 Conversion 38

4 The Arab Conquest 55

5 Unification 73

6 Davit the Builder 85

7 Demetre and Giorgi III 98

8 Queen Tamar 107

9 Mongol Invasion 118

10 The Fractured State 132

11 Timur Lang and the Destruction of Georgia 147

12 Fratricide 164

13 King Teimuraz I 187

14 Teimuraz Dispossessed 207

15 The Eighteenth Century 222

16 The Russian Conquest of Kartli-Kakhetia 250

17 King Solomon's End 265

18 Vice-regency 284

19 Reaction and Revolution 306

20 Independence 323

21 Soviet Annexation 339

22 After Stalin 366

23 Independence Restored 381

References 402

Chronology 417

Maps and Dynastic Trees 426

Select Bibliography 446

Photo Acknowledgements 447

Index 449

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