What countries are contained within it? The area lies between The Black Sea to the West and The Caspian Sea to the East, and is thus a bridge between Europe and Asia. It is bordered to the North by Russia and to the South by Turkey and Iran. Caught between worlds.

The countries we shall look at are Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. But this is only the start of our story as today there are various breakaway areas, and the past is another story altogether.

William Tyler MBE has a large following at JW3, he is a freelance educator, lecturer, public speaker, writer and consultant with a main focus on History. He was the Principal of The City Lit, Britain’s largest college of adult education. He was his awarded his MBE for services to education. During lockdown William created a much followed blog for those attending his sessions.

Week 1: 7th October: Where is it? Political and Geographical Introduction

Week 2: 14th October: Early History: From Rome to End of Middle Ages

Week 3: 21st October: Russo-Persian Conflict 1804-29

28th October: No class

Week 4: 4th November: Russia’s Caucasian War 1817-64

Week 5: 11th November: World War One Unsettles the Region

Week 6: 18th November: Russian Civil War and Bids for freedom

Week 7: 25th November: The Soviet Caucasus

Week 8: 2nd December: New Countries, Old Problems

Week 9: 9th December: Modern Wars: 1991 to the Present

Week 10: 16th December: Conclusions and Update

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