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This book is the first comprehensive cultural and historical introduction to modern Georgia. It covers the country region by region, taking the form of a literary journey through the transition from Soviet Georgia to the modern independent nation state. Peter Nasmyth traveled extensively in Georgia over a period of 5 years, and his lively and topical survey charts the nati ...more
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published December 15th 1998 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published September 24th 1998)
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An excellent book, recounting the two decades that the author has visited, worked in, and lived in Georgia. It thoroughly deepened my understanding of and interest in the country's tumultuous and ancient history, its diverse and aggressive culture and its beautiful landscape and art. A very thoughtful book.

I wish there had been a bit more detail about more recent politics and the conflict with Abkhazia in 1992-1993, but I suppose you have to be careful about writing such things in a somewhat tem
A contemporary account of Georgia during the difficult years just before and after the fall of the Soviet Union, with literary allusions librally sprinkled in. Amazing bibliography that spans Tolstoy, Pushkin, Dumas, and many others, including travelogues written in the 18th and 19th centuries by Europeans who visited the country.
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