Georgia's Natural Resources: An Explanation Of Historical And Contemporary Success

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Located between Russia and Turkey and surrounded on the Eastern boarder by Azerbaijan and Armenia, the country of Georgia has been the seat of numerous kingdoms and empires throughout history. From the kingdoms of Colchis and Kartli-Iberia before Christ to the Roman and Ottoman empires during the classical periods to the Russian empire and even the USSR in a more contemporary age, Georgia has long enjoyed its status as a crossroads for ethnic and religious groups. Home to Muslims, Christians, Arabs, Persians, and more, the area is rich and diverse-a conquest worth making for many emperors across history (CIA). Today, as an independent republic, the country of Georgia boasts both a strong economy and an often-stable government, although recent uprisings have questioned the degree of stability the government possesses. A prime location for both tourists and foreign investors, Georgia enjoys a similarly impressive status in today's world. Although the history and demographics of the area certainly make it an interesting subject for study, speculation about why the region has been so sought-after throughout the centuries is more complex. While the area's importance in regards to empires may have led to the continual struggles o Continue...

During the 1990s, the area was one of the major tourism hotspots of the USSR, boasting the beach and ski resorts as primary attractions. For this reason, it is reasonable to conclude that the area's rich military natural resources have contributed to the area's history of regional conflict. Invading emperors, jealous neighbors, and uprising internal groups have plagued the region with a series of international and internal conflict. Even just a short glimpse of the Normandy shoreline, where natural rocky resources were converted into foxholes and shelters for Axis powers taking cover from Allied fire during Operation Overlord, will give testimony to this fact. As these natural resources strengthen the area both militarily and economically, it is reasonable to believe that other nations would view the resources and strategic landscape situation as a motive for invasion and dispute. Thus, Georgia's military and economic natural resources have established Georgia as a region worthy of other nation's jealousy and invasion. Those areas with natural boarders and fortifications have traditionally been hard to penetrate, while flat areas without these natural resources are easier to invade. The area's primary natural resource of its landscape is as beneficial to its economy as it is to its defensive and offensive military strategy. As the Soviet Union dissolved and the area erupted into civil war, however, the tourist industry came to a standstill. In fact, by studying both Georgia's military and economic natural resources, Geographers and historians can agree that the country's rich natural resources are a plausible cause for the conflicts that have raged throughout history for ownership of the area, in addition to the area's rich economy and tourism industry today. Although the sources of these disputes have been listed as political, and sometimes religious or ethnic, with an emphasis on terrorism and Muslim extremists, the conflicts have often centered on landscape disputes. ver its possession that seem to characterize the region's history, its natural resources can be similarly viewed as important to its position of importance in history. Flanked by the Black Sea on the West, Georgia has the upper hand in both offensive and defensive warfare as sea-based invasions can be spotted from a great distance, giving the country's army time to prepare, and the existence of the sea allows for the launch of an offensive attack. From the beginning of prehistory through the modern age, landscape has been an important part of military strategy.