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Georgia: One Darn Thing after Another

Why are there Georgians? Donald Rayfield’s grim history makes one wonder how they escaped vanishing as a people, as was the fate of Khazars and Avars. Yet Georgians not only endured, but created an internationally-recognized self-governing state.

More chronicle than analysis, Rayfield’s Edge of Empires exhaustively describes Georgia’s harrowing past. But, disappointingly, it offers few clues about why that nation has proven so resilient.

Rayfield, Professor of Russian and Georgian at the University of London and a renowned historian and linguist, has written a thorough and careful account of the speakers of the Kartvelian languages, principally Georgian, from the Bronze Age to 2010. A valuable reference work, Edge of Empires is lucid, detailed and mercifully free from jargon.

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Elisabeth Brocking is a former U.S. diplomat who has lived and worked in Georgia.

Georgia: One Darn Thing after Another

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