Historical Dictionary of Georgia

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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 ...

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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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Editorial Reviews

March 2008 American Reference Books Annual
This is a great one-volume reference on Georgian history...
Reference and Research Book News
Mikaberidze's (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia) single-volume reference illuminates the often tumultuous history of the country of Georgia through details on approximately 800 names, events, locations, and cultural phenomena from around 11,000 BCE to the present. The alphabetically arranged entries are cross-referenced and dated where appropriate. Front matter offers a brief history of the country, historical maps, and a timeline with to-the-day mention of recent political events. A separate glossary is included. This reference is intended as a first resort research aid.
Professor Stephen H. Rapp
Dr. Mikaberidze's Historical Dictionary of Georgia contains nearly 800 interdisciplinary entries on a variety of subjects from remote antiquity to the present. This remarkable achievement will surely become a standard reference not only for specialists of Georgia and Caucasia, but of the broader Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet, Middle Eastern, Black Sea and Inner Eurasian worlds. Highly recommended!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810855809
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Historical Dictionaries of Europe Series , #50
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 2.13 (d)

Meet the Author

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, including The Russian Officer Corps in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1792-1815 (2005), Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World (2011) and Napoleon's Trial by Fire: The Burning of Moscow, 1812 (2014).

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Table of Contents

Editor’s Foreword, Jon Woronoff
Preface
Reader’s Note
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Maps
Chronology
Introduction
THE DICTIONARY
Appendix A Sovereigns and Governments of Georgia
Appendix B Population
Appendix C Economic Activity
Appendix D Regions of Georgia
Glossary
Bibliography
About the Author

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