Attitudes of Major Soviet Nationalities. Volume 3. The Transcaucasus. Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaidzhan
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The Transcaucasus is a relatively small but populous area consisting of the republics of Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaidzhan. Located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, the area has historically been subject to expansionist pressures from Iran, Turkey, and Russia. After the 1917 Revolution in Russia the three republics experienced a brief period of independence, terminated by a victory of the Red Army. With the formation of the USSR in the early 1920s, the three republics were combined in a single Transcaucasian Soviet Federation of Socialist Republics. In 1936 they became separate union republics.
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