Karl Kautsky – Georgia: A Social-Democratic Peasant Republic, Impressions and Observations

“The present book is the result of a visit which I made to Georgia in August 1920. Invited by the Social-Democratic Party of Georgia, I journeyed thence at the same time as the delegation of the Second International, which had been, asked to visit the country by the Georgian Government. Falling ill in Rome, I was only able to reach the country fourteen days after the delegation arrived, in fact, just at the time when the latter was returning. I remained a much longer time in the country, from the end of September until the beginning of January. In view of the state of my health and the unfavourable weather, I was prevented from visiting every part of the country like the delegation. To this must be added my ignorance of the Georgian language. Nevertheless, I was able to enter into direct contact with the people and to acquaint myself with their ideas. Likewise, the native literature relating to the country, both official and private was inaccessible to me because of the language difficulties, so far as I was not aided by translators. Thus I cannot pose as one who has investigated the country. Nevertheless, I have learned far more of it than an ordinary tourist…” Karl Kautsky.

Kautsky, K. (1921). Georgia: A Social-Democratic Peasant Republic, Impressions and Observations. translated by H. J. Stenning and revised by the Author. London: International Bookshops.

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