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May 1, 2018

The First Georgian Republic (1918-1921): Lessons for Today?

Henry Jackson Society

TIME: 18:00 – 19:00 – Tuesday 1st May 2018

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society,
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP


Eric Lee
Journalist and Author of The First Georgian Republic

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This May marks the centenary of Georgia’s declaration of independence in 1918.  The country’s first republic lasted less than three years, having been crushed by a Red Army invasion in 1921.  But in that time, Georgia was widely seen around the world, including by leaders of the British Labour Party who visited in 1920, as a model of an alternative kind of socialism, radically different from what the Bolsheviks were putting into practice in Russia.

There are parallels between Georgia’s three years of independence, between 1918 and 1921, and the country today. For example, Georgia’s efforts to win recognition from each of the Great Powers individually, and from the League of Nations, for its independence echo its attempts to become a member of NATO. As Georgia re-discovers its own history, particularly in this anniversary year, it is instructive to revaluate the first republic.

The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Eric Lee for a discussion on the 100th anniversary of Georgia’s independence and the lessons that can be learned from 1918.

Eric Lee is a London-based journalist and author. His most recent book is The Experiment: Georgia’s Forgotten Revolution 1918-192. Eric is the founding editor of LabourStart, the news and campaigning website of the international trade union movement.  He has been active on the democratic Left in three countries, having been born in the United States, but then living most of his adult life as a member of a kibbutz in Israel before coming to settle in the UK. Eric is the currently writing “The Eremin Letter, the story of whether Stalin had a secret career as a spy for the Tsarist police”.