Today in Caucasian history: the Battle of Bagrevand (775)

When Arab armies moved out of Arabia in the 630s and utterly wrecked the Roman-Persian balance of power that had defined western Asia for centuries, you could make a strong case that nobody, apart from the Romans and the Persians, felt it more acutely than the Armenians. The Kingdom of Armenia had long been a buffer… Continue reading Today in Caucasian history: the Battle of Bagrevand (775)

Today in World War I: the Battle of Sarikamish ends (1915)

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The Battle of Sarikamish was an overwhelming Russian victory whose outcome put the Ottomans on the defensive in World War I’s Caucasus theater of operations right up until the 1917 October Revolution took Russia out of the war altogether. Its military impact was fairly substantial–World…

Today in World War I: the preservation of Armenia (1918)

As much as the 1917 Russian Revolution affected the course of World War I on the Eastern Front, I think there’s a pretty strong argument to be made that its biggest effects were felt in another of the war’s innumerable theaters: the Caucasus. While Russian forces in Eastern Europe had largely struggled almost from the… Continue reading Today in World War I: the preservation of Armenia (1918)

Today in Caucasian history: the Battle of Bagrevand (775)

DISCLAIMER: I’m sorry if the title of this post gives anybody the wrong idea–I don’t mean “Caucasian history” in the “why don’t they have a White History Month” sense. I mean literally the history of the Caucasus region. I don’t know how else to describe it. When Arab armies moved out of Arabia in the 630s… Continue reading Today in Caucasian history: the Battle of Bagrevand (775)

Today in World War I: the Battle of Sarikamish ends (1915)

The Battle of Sarikamish was an overwhelming Russian victory whose outcome put the Ottomans on the defensive in World War I’s Caucasus theater of operations right up until the 1917 October Revolution took Russia out of the war altogether. Its military impact was fairly substantial–World War I might have been much different if the Ottomans… Continue reading Today in World War I: the Battle of Sarikamish ends (1915)