Today in Caucasian history: the Battle of Sarikamish ends (1915)

Russia’s victory in the Battle of Sarikamish was so overwhelming that it put the Russians on the offensive in World War I’s Caucasian Theater for good–or, uh, until Russia quit the war following its 1917 revolution. And so its military impact is a little mixed, despite the lopsided outcome. Had the Ottomans been able to… Continue reading Today in Caucasian history: the Battle of Sarikamish ends (1915)

Today in Caucasian history: the Battle of Didgori (1121)

The Georgian King David IV (d. 1125) wasn’t given the epithet “The Builder,” or perhaps “The Rebuilder,” because he could put together a mean castle or fix a crack in your home’s foundation. He’s regarded as the restorer of the Georgian nation after its subjugation by the Seljuk Turks in the late 11th century and… Continue reading Today in Caucasian history: the Battle of Didgori (1121)

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)

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)

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 Caucasian history: the Battle of Didgori (1121)

The Georgian King David IV (d. 1125) wasn’t given the epithet “The Builder,” or perhaps “The Rebuilder,” because he could put together a mean castle or fix a crack in your home’s foundation. He’s regarded as the restorer of the Georgian nation after its subjugation by the Seljuk Turks in the late 11th century and… Continue reading Today in Caucasian history: the Battle of Didgori (1121)