Dialectics of Filiation and Affiliation
Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 640-650, 2011
12 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2011 Last revised: 18 Sep 2012
Date Written: December 12, 2011
Authored shortly before his death by a Georgian mountaineer who was killed by Bolshevik officers, the “Last Will and Testament of Toma Baliauri” is a first-person account of the efforts of the Georgian people to obtain freedom from the Russian empire following the Bolshevik Revolution. Baliauri's discussion of his alliances (and imprisonment) with Chechen leaders reveals the pan-Caucasus character of the Georgian independence movement. The English translation of the text given here is accompanied by an introduction that situates Baliauri‟s testament within the context of the anti-colonial revolutionary movements of the early twentieth-century Caucasus. Baliauri‟s testament was first published in Georgian in 1995, and is here translated for the first time into a foreign language.
Keywords: anticolonialism, postcolonialism, revolution, Georgia, Caucasus, independence, empire, Bolshevik Revolution, Soviet
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