Proceedings of The International Virtual Conference on Social Sciences
Georgia at the origins of the European Orientation
In the article, ” Georgia at the origins of the European Orientation”, is discussed the relationships of the Kartvelian tribes with the Greek world both – in ancient and pre-antique (Crete-Mycenaean or Aegean culture) period and their role in the formation of Greek civilization. According to the work, the ancient period is considered as a genesis of the European orientation of Georgia, though the Kartvelian tribes actively participated in the formation of the Greek culture from the Crete-Mycenaean period. Correspondingly, since the ancient period Georgian ancestry people represent the recipient of the European culture, whereas, in the pre-antique period, they are regarded as the donor of the Greek culture, together with other peoples. In spite of these viewpoints are based upon the works of different Georgian and foreign scientists, the complete answer to the question should be given after the thorough study of new archeological materials and Minoan script. The goal of the represented research is to study the genesis of the European orientation of Georgia widely, in the political, historical, and economic frames, through the whole history. The result of the research will help Georgian and foreign scientists to understand the European orientation of Georgia better, to perceive the European identity of Georgia, which will be something of a novelty for the Georgian and European historiography.
Keywords: Georgia, Europe, European integration, Georgian identity.