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Through the Caucasus to the Volga

Nature volume 128, pages 319321 (29 August 1931) | Download Citation



IN 1925 Nansen visited Armenia on behalf of the League of Nations as one of a commission of five appointed to investigate the possibility of settling refugees from Turkish Armenia on the land. An earlier book, “rmenia and the Near East”, was a record of the mission up to the end of its labours in Erivan. Nansen now reopens the story in the train as he leaves Armenia on July 2, 1925; but he does not get into the swing of his narrative until he reaches Tiflis. Here he opened negotiations with the Transcaucasian Federation of the three republics, Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaidjan, with the view of raising a loan in order to carry out the proposals of the Commission—a project which, he tells us, later failed to mature.

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