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View of Tbilisi. Photo: ESI

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In his detailed history The Making of the Georgian Nation (second edition) Ronald Grigor Suny notes that after achieving independence in 1991 "Georgians became the victims of their own excessive rhetoric and ill-considered political choices" (p. 334).  He quotes Elizabeth Fuller who described the philosophy of Gamsakhurdia (the first elected leader of Georgia, toppled by a coup in January 1992) as follows:

"Central to Gamsakhurdia's entire political career is his messianism

April 2010

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