Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2017

In Osteuropa 6-8/2017

Ostracised and forgotten
Georgia’s social democracy in history and remembrance

Zaal Andronikashvili

Deutsche Fassung


2017 as the year in which the Revolution is commemorated is of no interest to Georgia. In 2018, the country will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first Georgian nation state, and in 2021 it will commemorate the destruction of that state by the Bolsheviks. This purely national perspective – just like that of the devotees of Stalin, who are still to be found – ignores the significance of Georgian social democracy, its social and national reformist ideas and their implementation from 1918-1921. In order for them to be rediscovered, the national Bolshevist myth must be questioned as well as the image of history that focuses solely on the nation state.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2017, pp. 409–424)