Creating Social Work Education in the Republic of Georgia

Authored by: Mark Doel , Iago Kachkachishvili , Jo Lucas , Salome Namicheishvili , Natia Partskhaladze

Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Education

Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138890237
eBook ISBN: 9781315712536
Adobe ISBN: 9781317495239


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Georgia is a very old country, referred to in ancient historical sources and its language codified by the fifth century. It lies in the Caucasus between Russia to the north and Turkey to the south. Georgia restored its independence from the Russian Empire in 1918, but its social democratic government lasted only three years and the country was occupied by Bolshevik Russia in 1921, incorporated a decade later into the Soviet Union, the modernised Russian empire. In 1991, Georgia regained independence as a result of perestroyka in the Soviet Union and the national independence movement within Georgia itself.

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