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Recommendations for Books on Georgian History/Georgian Orthodoxy
« on: February 21, 2013, 01:03:09 AM »
I've very interested in Georgian history and Georgian Orthodoxy but have had a hard time finding any books on either topic. Of course, the first place I thought to ask was here. Does anyone have any recommendations for material on Georgia?
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Re: Recommendations for Books on Georgian History/Georgian Orthodoxy
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2013, 02:00:10 AM »
A really good person to ask is Isa, aka "ialmisry".  his history knowledge is really vast.  he would definitely be a great place to start. 
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Re: Recommendations for Books on Georgian History/Georgian Orthodoxy
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2013, 02:46:36 AM »
Thanks, Father, but Georgia is a weak spot: I don't speak the language.

If you want some academic stuff:

Ancient Christianity In The Caucasus, Volume 1
http://books.google.com/books?id=PkZjdVAzsvIC&pg=PA7#v=onepage&q&f=false
Studies in Medieval Georgian Historiography: Early Texts and Eurasian Contexts
http://books.google.com/books?id=nCFwaxMumWkC&pg=PA91&dq=Ancient+Christianity+in+the+Caucasus&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bbwlUYyDCqTA2AWWlYEQ&ved=0CEEQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Ancient%20Christianity%20in%20the%20Caucasus&f=false
Iberia between Chosroid and Bagratid Rule by Cyril Toumanoff (a leader in this area):
http://rbedrosian.com/Ref/Toumicb/toumicb.html

A primary source translated:
Rewriting Caucasian History: The Medieval Armenian Adaptation of the Georgian Chronicles - The Original Georgian Texts and the Armenian Adaptation
http://books.google.com/books/about/Rewriting_Caucasian_History.html?id=MVBEwzIoAOAC
http://www.erevangala500.com/uploads/pdf/1323119167.pdf
The Georgian Chronicle
http://rbedrosian.com/gc1.htm

Some Encyclopedia articles:
http://books.google.com/books?id=PkZjdVAzsvIC&pg=PA7#v=onepage&q&f=false
http://books.google.com/books?id=fWp9JA3aBvcC&pg=PA137#v=onepage&q&f=false

A bit dated:
A short History of the Georgian Church: Translated from the Russian
http://books.google.com/books?id=9bIAAAAAcAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false


Seeing Islam as Others Saw it: A Survey and Evaluation of Christian, Jewish, and Zoroastrian Writings on Early Islam, by Hoyland has a survey done by someone (I don't know offhand where I've left my copy) on the writings in Georgian on the Early History of Islam, the Islamic invasions etc.

There are also a lot of bits and pieces here, there and everywhere on Georgia: it comes up in the histories of its neighbors a lot.
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Re: Recommendations for Books on Georgian History/Georgian Orthodoxy
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2013, 10:34:26 AM »
For an overview of Georgia as a nation:
The Making of the Georgian Nation
 By Ronald Grigor Suny
http://books.google.com/books?id=riW0kKzat2sC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Medieval+Georgia&cd=8#v=onepage&q=Medieval%20Georgia&f=false

And how about a nice map?


And a video of the Catholicos HH Ilya II recounting Georgia's autocephaly (and showing the tomos of recognition from Constantinople, 1504 years later)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d8CyHw8Fbs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THQYmpWNIwM
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Re: Recommendations for Books on Georgian History/Georgian Orthodoxy
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2013, 10:51:52 AM »
For an overview of Georgia as a nation:
The Making of the Georgian Nation
 By Ronald Grigor Suny
http://books.google.com/books?id=riW0kKzat2sC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Medieval+Georgia&cd=8#v=onepage&q=Medieval%20Georgia&f=false


Excellent book. I appreciated it enough to email the author who graciously responded.
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Re: Recommendations for Books on Georgian History/Georgian Orthodoxy
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2013, 11:36:41 AM »
Try finding something by St. Gregory Peradze (or whatever variation of Gregory you will find).

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Re: Recommendations for Books on Georgian History/Georgian Orthodoxy
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2013, 04:07:46 PM »
Thank you so much for the wealth of sources and recommendations, I'll be sure to look into them!
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