Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia Hardcover – 25 Sep 2012
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About the Author
Donald Rayfield is Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian in the Department of Russian, Queen Mary, University of London. He has published the standard history of Georgia's literature, and is editor-in-chief of the immense Comprehensive Georgian-English Dictionary. His Stalin and His Hangmen has been translated into nine languages.
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The coverage is admirably broad in terms of historical compass but I found myself frequently overwhelmed by detail and the repetitive round of feudal squabbling which seems to characterise Georgian history - judging by this book. I could have done with some analysis and broad thematic discussion as well as more cultural and sociological references. The rapid succession of battles, warlords, invasions and coups (through the Communist era and up to the present day) is bewildering at times and threatens to be indigestible.
Maps are particularly necessary for this complex, highly diverse and shifting region, but the author's immense erudition is badly served by the cursory maps at the back of the book.
p.12, l. 7-8: Another non-Indo-European should be
Another curious linguistic factor is the presence in Georgian of plant names (e.g. for the box tree) of non-Indo-European
p.13, l. 3: Umartu should be Urartu
p.34, l. 5 from end: Parsman II should be Parsman III
l. 4 from end: Amazasp III should be Amazasp II
p. 120, l. 16: uncluded should be included
p.199, l. 11 from end: son-in-law should be father-in-law
p.210, l. 20 from end: Mumtaz should be Murtaz
p.213, l. 11: resultred should be resulted
p.333, l. 7 from end: make should be made
p.403, l. 10: Se Hipani should be Settipani
p.415, l. 20: Avon should be Aron
p.418, year 370: Emerpor should be Emperor
p.419, year 1155: ovethrown should be overthrown
p.435, bold heading: IMERTIAN should be IMERETIAN
p.444, l. 2 from end: tarei should be tsarei
p.448, l. 2 from bottom: usually just should be usually listed just
On some copies, the first five lines of the endnotes on page 416 may be blank. These lines are:
19 Khronika tekushchikh sobytii 50 1978, pp. 20-40
20 saarkivo moambe 8, 2010, pp. 150-6
21 saarkivo moambe 9, 2010, pp. 146-150
23 INDEPENDENCE RESTORED
1 For extracts of Gamsakhurdia rhetoric, see: Charles van der Leeuw Storm over the Caucasus (Richmond (UK), 1999), pp. 152-3
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