The Mysteries of the Caucasus

by Dorota Gierycz (Author)

The author, a former senior United Nations official stationed in Sukhumi and Tbilisi, tells the stories of people in Abkhazia and Georgia proper, intertwined with astute and timely analysis of the political events that have shaped the small Caucasus nation in the years since she gained her independencefrom the rise and fall of Shevardnadze, the hero of perestroika and the Wests favourite democrat, to the era of Saakashvili, the proclaimed beacon of democracy, increasingly authoritarian and challenged by a discontented public. The analysis is also anchored in Georgias history and collective memory, indelibly marked by the lasting impact of the brutal rule of Stalin and Beria and the ever-present shadow and interference of Russia.

Book details

Publication date
September 23, 2010
Publisher
Page count
288
ISBN
9781453556894