Review of Peter Nasmyth Georgia. In the Mountains of Poetry

Review of Peter Nasmyth Georgia. In the Mountains of Poetry (Curzon Press, 1998), in BSOAS

Writer and journalist Peter Nasmyth published in 'Georgia. A Rebel in the Caucasus' (Cassell, 1992) his first impressions  of several regions of Georgia during their final Soviet years. Since then the country has achieved independence, undergone two ethno-territorial wars (in S. Ossetia and Abkhazia) that have left these regions  de  facto independent of the central  government, experienced a civil war, seen its  first democratically elected president (the late Mingrelian Zviad Gamsakhurdia) overthrown in a bloody coup, and returned to power in his original fiefdom, Eduard Shevardnadze, long reviled as a pro-Kremlin Party Boss. Clearly, there was ample scope for updating.

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