History of foreign policy of Georgian principalities: Principality of Odishi in the first half of the XVII century in Relation to the Ottoman Empire, Persia and Europe

Authors

ZAAL KORTUA
SHOTA MESKHIA STATE TEACHING UNIVERSITY OF ZUGDIDI

Synopsis

          This paper focuses on a very interesting period in the history of Western Georgia, particularly, in the history of Odishi principality, when the inteligent and energetic Levan II Dadiani (1611-1657) ruled the principality. During his rule, the principality reached its  highest level of development and gained a dominant position over other Western Georgian political units. The political structures were strengthened, the country's defense capability was enhanced, favorable conditions were created for economic progress, and the principality became the center for the preservation and revival of Georgian culture. The strong leader was never satisfied with his achievements and tried to unite the territory of Western Georgia and subordinate it under his centralised leadership. In this paper, the main directions of foreign policy in Odishi principality in the first half of the 17th century (Relations with Turkey, Iran, and Western Europe) are studied and important facts and events are analyzed. This paper will benefit historians, students, and a general readers interested in themes presented.

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Published

December 15, 2022