Caucasian albania, georgia, armenia, azerbaijan in the sphere of influence of persia, anatolia and for a very brief time assyria. The caucasus region, which now consists of georgia, armenia, azerbaijan, and parts of russia, has a complex history, not least owing to its interactions with the surrounding nations of europe and the. Your first book is the russian conquest of the caucasus by john frederick baddeley, a military history of the chechen and dagestani resistance to russian invasion in the early 19th century. A less common definition includes also portions of northwestern iran and northeastern turkey. See the history of the vital region connecting europe and the middle east, the south caucasus every year.
Our goal is by no means to find a single view of history in the south caucasus, as was the case in an unsuccessful project funded by the council of europe, which tried to compose one comprehensive history book for the region. It is not a melting pot, as has been said, but a refuge area par excellence where small groups have maintained their identity throughout history. Five things worth knowing about the caucasus pulitzer center. The caucasus region gradually enters the historical record during the late bronze age to early iron age. With mycaucasus you travel authentically, sustainably and safely through armenia, azerbaijan and georgia. Named by moscow times the history book of the year, the ghost of freedom combines riveting storytelling with insightful analysis, in the first general history. Your caucasus trips 2020 let yourself be enchanted by the most beautiful and impressive places in the caucasus. The caucasian peoples are subdivided, like the caucasian languages, into two northern branches and a southern branch. History and the way it was understood in postsoviet armenia has often been the subject of research 3. Nov 17, 2016 see the history of the vital region connecting europe and the middle east, the south caucasus every year. One minor complaint is i wish the author had included more history of the caucasus before the russian conquest of the early 19th century. It consists of southern russia, georgia, armenia, and azerbaijan. His book, a searching portrait of the national and cultural complexities of. The caucasus is a difficult and complicated place, one russian political scientist told the financial times, referring to the small mountainous region between the black sea and the caspian.
The region consists of the countries georgia, armenia, eastern turkey, azerbaijan, and parts of russia and iran. Pliny the younger in the first century, writing in his natural history book vi. A rugged land between the black and caspian seas, the caucasus is a battle ground for a fascinating and formidable clash of cultures. It examines the impact of soviet rule on the caucasus, focusing in. Xvii to be from a scythian word similar to kroykhasis, literally the mountain iceshining, white with snow. The history of the caucasus region may be divided into the history of the northern caucasus ciscaucasia, historically in the sphere of influence of scythia and of southern russia eastern europe, and that of the southern caucasus transcaucasia. Recently, a few books have been published about the caucasus. Internally, the region is dominated by the greater caucasus mountain range. Sep, 2010 this book argues that understanding the soviet legacy in the region is critical to analysing both the new states of the transcaucasus and the autonomous territories of the north caucasus.
The ghost of freedom is a much needed book about a little known region. The best book on the history of the caucasus caucasian. The caucasus region is separated into northern and southern parts the north caucasus ciscaucasus and transcaucasus south caucasus, respectively. The russian steppe lies to the north, with the highlands of asia minor to the south. As stated by the author, the books main purpose is to provide a histor ical overview of the caucasus region with its middle eastern historical context, while. Its ideal as an introduction to the caucasus for the general reader who doesnt know a lot about the area. Your first book is the russian conquest of the caucasus by john frederick baddeley, a military history of the chechen and dagestani resistance to russian invasion in the early 19th century j f baddeley was an english journalist and businessman who travelled extensively in russia and the caucasus in the 19th century. The great historic barrier of the caucasus mountains rises up across the wide isthmus where europe and asia converge. Xvii to be from a scythian word similar to kroykhasis, literally the mountain iceshining. The first general history of the modern caucasus, stretching from the beginning of russian imperial expansion up to rise of new countries after the soviet unions collapse. A history of the caucasus kindle edition by king, charles. South caucasus, also referred to as transcaucasia or transcaucasus, is the southern area of the caucasus region between europe and asia, going from the greater caucasus to the turkish and iranian borders, between the black and caspian seas. Nov 25, 2009 named by moscow times the history book of the year, the ghost of freedom combines riveting storytelling with insightful analysis, in the first general history of the modern caucasus, stretching from the beginning of russian imperial expansion up to the rise of new countries after the soviet. If youre looking for a guidebook, with restaurant recommendations and maps this isnt it there are plenty of those.
Apr 19, 20 and the caucasusa region loosely encompassing armenia, georgia, azerbaijan, chechnya, dagestan, ossetia, and ingushetiahas always occupied a mystical place in russian literature. Covering both the north and south caucasus, the book gathers together leading western, caucasian and russian scholars of the region from different disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Our caucasus tours take you to the highlights of the region, but also take you off the beaten path of mass tourism. Russia on one side, the predominantly muslim mountains on the other.
A brief guide to understanding the countries of the south. Known for its alpine terrain, the caucasus is home to mount elbrus, the highest mountain peak in europe, on the russogeorgian border. Book your culture, history or outdoor trip, hiking, culinary or wine tourr in georgia, azerbaijan and armenia. History, archeology and ethnography of the caucasus. Centring on the regions indigenous peoples, the book presents a critical view of the role of russian imperialism in the caucasian countries. A land of astonishing natural beauty and a dizzying array of ancient cultures, the caucasus for most of the twentieth century lay inside the soviet union, before movements of national liberation created newly independent countries and sparked the devastating war in chechnya. Whereas speakers of the latter three groups are known to have migrated to the caucasus in historical times, speakers of the caucasian languages occupied the area at the dawn of history. Each territory occupied was, sooner or later, absorbed into the empire of which it became in every way an integral part. An introductory chapter outlines the regions geography and early history, attempting also to give a feel for the linguistic and ethnic diversity hidden by the rather too neat modern division. Key research guidelines are archeology, ethnography and history of the caucasus region, as well as researches on historical demography and sociology, numismatics and paleography, oriental and other historical disciplines. The greater caucasus mountain range in the north is mostly shared by russia and georgia, as well as the northernmost parts of azerbaijan.
The title seems to indicate the entire history and the entire region, but this book is really focused on the postsoviet saga of the three republics of the south caucasus. Two new books examine a regions complicated history. This authoritative survey of the caucasus traces a unified narrative history of this complex and turbulent region at the borderlands of europe, asia and the middle east. The foothills to the north and some of the steppe connected to them form a northern border, while the southern border can be defined by the extent of the armenian plateau. In the caucasus region, they live in georgia, russia, turkey and previously in armenia before 1990. For example, georgia is the oldest winemaking country in the world. Hospitality, as with all the mountain tribes, was and is still a most sacred duty. Music and documents used for creation are in the credits at the end of the video. A history of the caucasus james forsyth a fascinating new survey of the caucasus which provides a unified narrative history of this complex and turbulent region at the borderlands of europe, asia and the middle east, from prehistory to the. This book argues that understanding the soviet legacy in the region is critical to analysing both the new states of the transcaucasus and the autonomous territories of the north caucasus.
The book presents a critical view of the historical role of russian imperialism in events in the caucasian countries, and the violent struggle of some of these. The caucasus region has long been known for the diversity of its peoples. It is a mountainous region with most of its land situated on the anatolian and armenian plateaus. Following a thorough introduction by the editors, the handbook is divided into six parts which combine thematic and chronological principles. The caucasus mountains rise at the intersection of europe, russia, and the middle east. A brief history of wine from the caucasus exotic wine travel. The caucasus caucasia is a region between the black and caspian seas. The descendants of the mediaeval alans, a scythic iranian people. Geographically, the north caucasus is part of the transcontinental caucasus zone, sandwiched between the black sea to the west and the caspian sea to the east. Nov 01, 2012 geographically, the north caucasus is part of the transcontinental caucasus zone, sandwiched between the black sea to the west and the caspian sea to the east. Caucasus the caucasus region is a relatively compact area centered on the caucasus mountains. Authentic and sustainable travel experiences with mycaucasus.
His book contains history and knowing flairwill likely have many lives. Author and former reuters correspondent in moscow chooses books on the. I bought the book looking for an insight into the history of the caucasus and this is a well written, informative and concise work whose span is from the late 18th century to the early 21 century. In 2005 the caucasus oldest academic institution the institute of history, archeology and ethnography of the daghestan federal research centre of ras established a scientific journal herald of the institute of history, archeology and ethnography of the caucasus. What about the caucasus might most surprise people. Named by moscow times the history book of the year, the ghost of freedom combines riveting storytelling with insightful analysis, in the first general history of the modern caucasus, stretching from the beginning of russian imperial expansion up to the rise of new countries after the soviet. The south caucasus tends to be thought of in terms of distinct. Iran and the caucasus uniquely explores all periods and disciplines connected to this region, and the journal numbers among its authors and editors scholars from the area and the world. A history of the caucasus edition 1 available in hardcover, nook book. This book, released in 2010, is a detailed look at the political situation, and how it came to be that way. Readers with still more questions about the region might turn to my general history, which covers the main themes of the regions past. Think of the caucasus both in its own terms but also as a region with many neighborsiran, asia, turkey, and the eu.
A history of the caucasus 9780195392395 by king, charles and a great selection of similar new, used and collectible books available now at great prices. The largest of the turkicspeaking peoples in the caucasus are azerbaijanis who number 8,700,000 in the republic of azerbaijan. The total number of azerbaijanis is around 35 million 25 million in iran. The great historic barrier of the caucasus mountains rises up across the wide isthmus where europe. A history of the caucasus by charles king2008 oxford press, 291 p. Caucasus, mountains and region lying between the black sea west and the caspian sea east and occupied by russia, georgia, azerbaijan, and armenia.
It covers the russian conquest of the region as well as the rise of the major statesentities in the area including chechnya, georgia, armenia. Aug 19, 2008 the caucasus is a difficult and complicated place, one russian political scientist told the financial times, referring to the small mountainous region between the black sea and the caspian. It became a place for publications of researches on relevant issues about history and archeology of the region. The history of russia has been a series of expansions to the west, the south, and the east, towards the open sea. Overview of the caucasus geography of the caucasus the. In caucasus, awardwinning author nicholas griffin recounts his journey to this war torn region to explore the roots of todays conflict, centering his travelogue on imam shamil, the great. An annotated foreign affairs syllabus on the caucasus.403 74 692 913 545 463 1209 1512 391 751 97 124 387 336 1518 647 975 1144 460 138 691 1185 2 190 346 644 1041 1205 222 1033 571 49 426 289 1400 24 136 137 1106 789