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Familiar Strangers: The Georgian Diaspora and the Evolution of Soviet Empire

Erik R. Scott


Familiar Strangers tells the story of a remarkably successful group of ethnic outsiders at the heart of Soviet empire and, in so doing, offers a new interpretation of Russian and Soviet history in the twentieth century. While past scholars have portrayed the Soviet Union as a Russian-led empire composed of separate national republics, Scott makes the case that it was actually an empire of diasporas, forged through the mixing of a diverse array of nationalities. Concealed behind external Soviet borders, internal diasporas from the Soviet republics migrated throughout the socialist empire, leavi ... More

Keywords: empire, diaspora, nationalities, minorities, Russia, Eurasia, Soviet Union, Georgians, socialist, revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199396375
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396375.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik R. Scott, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of Kansas