Formation of Post-conflict Georgian identities Case: Abkhazian War and August War

7 Pages Posted: 17 May 2019

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Nino Tabeshadze

Georgian Institute of Public Affairs

Date Written: April 25, 2019


Modern Georgian history knows two devastating conflicts which happened in recent years bringing much confusion and disorientation to local Georgian Community. Given article tries to explore the identity crisis which took place after the two wars. As a result of military actions great number of people was obliged to leave their homes and move in temporary shelters. It took only several days to become IDP’s (Internally Displaced Persons) from regular citizens. This naturally led to questioning the role of self in community. Such major events as mass trauma generally change the perception of reality and Georgia was no exception. In an attempt to overcome painful experiences individuals create different responses to traumatic experiences but we have the opportunity to compare two narratives depicting the emotions of IDPs from two different conflicts. Major aim of the article is to see whether there are any similarities between the perceptions of two different historical events: How IDPs explain the events and their own emotions.

Keywords: War, Trauma, Coping, PTSD, Identity

Suggested Citation

Tabeshadze, Nino, Formation of Post-conflict Georgian identities Case: Abkhazian War and August War (April 25, 2019). RAIS Conference Proceedings - The 12th International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences & Humanities. Available at SSRN: or

Nino Tabeshadze (Contact Author)

Georgian Institute of Public Affairs ( email )

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