A review of “Eric Scott, Familiar Strangers: Georgian Diaspora and the Evolution of Soviet Empire, Oxford 2016, 352 p.” by Tamar Qeburia

Erik Scott’s Familiar Strangers offers a multilayered study of Georgians in the political and cultural life of the Soviet Union. By focusing on an array of historical events and imperial governance, the book draws attention to the intriguing practices of patronage, orientalism, privilege and paranoia among the Georgian diaspora and Tbilisi-based elites.