Representing fateful events and imagining territorial integrity in Georgia: cultural memory of David the Builder and the Battle of Didgori

  title={Representing fateful events and imagining territorial integrity in Georgia: cultural memory of David the Builder and the Battle of Didgori},
  author={Malkhaz Toria and Bejan Javakhia},
  journal={Caucasus Survey},
  pages={270 - 285}
ABSTRACT Territorial integrity is one of the central tropes in contemporary Georgian cultural memory and historical imaginaries. The article traces when, how, and why the narrative of the “miraculous victory” of medieval Georgian King David IV the Builder over Seljuk Turks in the Battle of Didgori in August 1121 and his seizing of Tbilisi entered the Georgian “realms of memory”. This complex and often contradictory mnemonic legacy, shaped by medieval, imperial (Tsarist and Soviet), and nation… 


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