Georgians in Tsarist Russia and in the USSR,
DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF EXTERNAL RESEARCH
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Should one deny the right to a national statehood to Georgians who formed and independent and highly civilized kingdom within the Greco-Roman world when the ancestors of the Russians were still nomads wandering about the draughty steppes. Should such a nation, despite of her incessant struggle for the nationhood, be denied the right to independent national existence and be classified with those numerous small relics of peoples which, after having figured for a longer or shorter period on the stage of history, were finally absorbed as integral portions into one or the other more powerful nations whose greater vitality enabled them to overcome greater obstacles. This study cannot answer these crucial questions. It has a much more limited objective of pointing out some important factors in relationship between Georgia and Russia - Imperial and Soviet - which would contribute to understanding of the extremely complex and ambivalent problem of national self-determination. To simplify the presentation, this paper is divided into three sections 1 Georgia and Imperial Russia 2 Independent Georgian Republic and 3 Georgia as a Part of the USSR.
- Sociology and Law
- Humanities and History