By Donald Rayfield
The e-book starts off with the 1st intimations of the lifestyles of Georgians in old Anatolia and ends with today’s unstable President Saakashvili. It bargains not just with the country’s inner politics, yet with its advanced struggles with the empires that have attempted to manage, fragment or perhaps exterminate the rustic. All international heritage – Xenophon’s Greeks, the Arabs, the invading Turks, the Crusades, Chingiz Khan and Timur Lang, the Persian empire, the Russian empire, Soviet totalitarianism – is mirrored in Georgia’s history.
Donald Rayfield describes Georgia’s swings among disintegration and solidarity, making complete use of basic resources, many no longer on hand prior to in English. He examines the background of a rustic which, even though small, stands at a crossroads among Russia and the Muslim global, among japanese Europe and critical Asia, and is a dramatic instance of state-building and, additionally, of tragic political mistakes.
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Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia by Donald Rayfield