Read Up on Georgia

Russian troops have entered Georgia today, reports the New York Times. If you want to get up to speed on the context of the conflict, please have a look at two recent books from Cornell University Press:

Empire of Nations: Ethnographic Knowledge and the Making of the Soviet Union by Francine Hirsch. This book is the Cowinner of the 2006 Council for European Studies First Book Award, Winner of the 2006 Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize given by the AAASS, and Winner of the American Historical Association’s 2007 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize

Defending the Border: Identity, Religion, and Modernity in the Republic of Georgia by Mathijs Pelkmans

Both books are in the series Culture and Society after Socialism, edited by Bruce Grant & Nancy Ries

Read Up on Georgia