Winter Break; New Series on the Black Sea

GeoCurrents will be on winter break until January 2, 2024. It will resume with a series of posts that will reproduce and extend a keynote talk that I gave at an academic conference on the Back Sea that was held in Batumi, Georgia in May 2023. My presentation was entitled “Eurasian Pivot or European Periphery? The Black Sea Region in the Geo-Historical Imagination.” I argue that the larger Black Sea Region, which includes the Caucasus and extends to the Caspian Sea, is best viewed as a Eurasian pivot, and that it has played a surprisingly important but generally ignored role in world history.