The Experiment: Georgia's Forgotten Revolution 1918-1921 by Eric LeeThe Experiment: Georgia's Forgotten Revolution 1918-1921 by Eric Lee

The Experiment: Georgia's Forgotten Revolution 1918-1921

byEric Lee

Paperback | September 15, 2017

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For many, the Russian revolution of 1917 was a symbol of hope and offered proof that another way of envisioning the world was indeed possible. But Soviet authoritarianism and the horrors of the gulags have since led to the revolution becoming synonymous with oppression, forever tainting socialism in the eyes of its critics. However, the often over-looked experience of Georgia, which declared its independence from Russia in 1918, shows there was another way. In The Experiment, historian Eric Lee brings this little-known story of  Georgia’s experiment in democratic socialism to light, detailing the turbulent events of this chapter in revolutionary history.

Along the way, Lee introduces us to a remarkable set of ideas and policies, among them the men and women who strove for a vision of socialism that featured universal suffrage, a people’s militia in place of a standing army, and a civil society grounded in trade unions and cooperatives. Though the Georgian Democratic Republic lasted for just three years before it was brutally crushed on the orders of Stalin, in that short time it was able to offer a glimpse of a more humane alternative to the Communist nightmare that was to come.

The Experiment is the first authoritative English-language history of this forgotten episode, and it will appeal to those interested in Soviet history as well as those seeking inspiration for a democratic socialist alternative today.
Eric Lee is a journalist and historian who has spent over thirty years researching independent Georgia. His previous books include Saigon to Jerusalem: Conversations with Israel’s Vietnam Veterans and Operation Basalt: The British Raid on Sark and Hitler’s Commando Order.  
Title:The Experiment: Georgia's Forgotten Revolution 1918-1921Format:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 1 inPublished:September 15, 2017Publisher:Zed BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:178699092X

ISBN - 13:9781786990921

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Table of Contents

1 Founding father
2 Dress rehearsal
3 The experiment begins
4 The turn towards Germany
5 At war with Armenia
6 The British take charge
7 Georgia’s agrarian revolution
8 The independence of the trade unions
9 The rise and rise of the cooperatives
10 Achilles heel: Georgia’s national minorities
11 Fifth column
12 Europe’s socialist leaders come for a visit
13 The state that never was
14 The experiment ends
15 The final battle
16 Another revolution was possible

Editorial Reviews

“In a clear and succinct style, Lee paints a sympathetic portrait of this remarkable experiment in democratic socialism. Lee has brought this almost unknown story out of the shadows, giving it its proper place in the historiography of socialism and the Russian Revolution.”