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Historical Determinants of Regional Divisions of Georgia and their Implications for Territorial Governance

Cezary Mądry
  • Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
/ Julia Kaczmarek-Khubnaia
  • Corresponding author
  • Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
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Published Online: 2016-06-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/quageo-2016-0021


Georgia can be characterised by its turbulent history, centuries-old traditions, and a great ethnic diversity. This makes it necessary to include historical determinants, in addition to geopolitical and economic factors, when making a regional analysis of its territory and contemporary governance issues. Five stages of the development of the present territorial division of Georgia are distinguished. They have been identified by means of an analysis of key events (critical junctures) of significance in the formation of its historical regions. Additionally, their influence at each of the three levels of the current territorial division of independent Georgia is discussed, in particular in the context of territorial governance.

Keywords: regional division; historical regions; Georgia; territorial governance


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About the article

Received: 2016-01-05

Revised: 2016-03-31

Published Online: 2016-06-15

Published in Print: 2016-06-01

Citation Information: Quaestiones Geographicae, ISSN (Online) 2081-6383, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/quageo-2016-0021. Export Citation

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