WiP: The Transcaucasian Federation (1922-1936), Policies and Politics in the early Soviet Caucasus

By Etienne Peyrat, Sciences Po, France

Date: January 9, 2019, at 18:30 pm
Venue: CRRC Georgia, 5 Chkhikvadze Str. (Former 5 Chavchavadze ave.), I floor.

While the creation of a Transcaucasian Federation is generally mentioned in standard histories of Soviet power in the Caucasus, the existence of this strange institution that existed until the new Stalin Constitution (1936) remains little known. Embedded in regional politics and connected to central power games of the 1920s-1930s, the Federation also reveals longer-term trends in Soviet ethno-political strategies. Moreover, as the last significant project of regional integration, it raises questions about identities and solidarities in the South Caucasus.

Etienne Peyrat is an assistant professor in contemporary history in Sciences Po (Paris-Lille, France). He has published on Caucasian, Eastern European and Middle Eastern history. He currently coordinates a project on the history of Soviet federalism and a project on Russian-Kurdish relations in the 19th-21st centuries (RUSKURD : https://ruskurd.hypotheses.org/about).

W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the CRRC office at 5 Chkhikvadze Str. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public. The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.