Na putiakh k konfederatsii Kavkaza [Towards a confederation of the Caucasus].

Warsaw: self-published (P. Szwede), 1937. Octavo (24 × 17 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; XIII, 133, [1] pp. Light wear to wrappers and overlapping edges; front wrapper beginning to tear along spine extremities; first chapter with pencil annotations in Russian; overall still about very good. Item #6900

First and only edition of a rare work on politics in the Caucasus, from the point of view of a political exile in Poland. The author describes the origins of the various nations, such as Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the peoples of the North Caucasus, the upheavals following the Revolution of 1917, and the fate of important leaders in exile. Kavtaradze seeks to counteract Moscow’s strategy of “divide and conquer,” to overcome national differences by stressing the common interest of the various Caucasian peoples. He concludes his work with an impassioned appeal: “Forward! Long live the free, united, and independent Caucasus!” Little is known about Kavtaradze, who appears to have fought alongside Polish forces during the Warsaw Uprising. KVK, OCLC show copies at the British Library, NYPL (imperfect copy), Polish National Library, and four German libraries.

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