Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) con Orientation Guide to Georgia and the Georgian Culture: Religion, Traditions, Family Life, Urban and Rural Populations, Geography, History, Economy, Society and Security (English Edition)
Georgia is a country of contradictions. It is the birthplace of one of history’s most deadly dictators, Joseph Stalin, yet its people are known for their warmth and hospitality. Greek mythology and orthodox Christianity have both influenced Georgia. Georgian identity is neither wholly European nor Asian nor homogenous. Many ethnic groups and languages fill Georgia’s borders. Some trace their roots to the region’s prehistoric tribes while others reflect foreign influence. Today Georgian society is deeply fractured, not only politically but also culturally.
Georgia lies between Europe and Asia. The Caucasus Mountains, traditionally the dividing line between the two continents, rise on Georgia’s northern and southern borders, creating a cultural enclave on the shores of the Black Sea. Lying in the boundary between East and West, Georgia has found itself continually in the backyard of competing world powers. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Persians, Turks, and Russians have all spread into Georgia, leaving distinct cultural influences. Georgia’s history as a “jigsaw puzzle of small kingdoms” has been exacerbated through centuries of foreign influence. Even the country’s name is evidence of foreign occupation. In its native language Georgia is called Sakartvelo, but the name “Georgia” (used by the outside world) came either from the term Gurj, (used by Persians and Arabs) or from the earlier Greek geos.
This book, produced by Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), provides comprehensive information about Georgia and the Georgian Culture. Chapter topics include religion, traditions, family life and differences in the lifestyles of urban and rural populations as well as detailed discussion of geography, history and their economy, form of government, society and security and much more.
60 pages; dozens of photos, illustration and charts in full color.