'The First Toast is to Peace: Travels in the South Caucasus' brings alive a captivating part of the globe that the English-speaking
world has been slow to appreciate. Stephen Powell, a British journalist, travelled through remote fastnesses in Georgia, Azerbaijan
and Armenia, and lost his heart to the Caucasus. The rugged beauty of the mountains, higher than the Alps, a strong sense
of history and enduring traditions of hospitality give the region a flavour all of its own. Change came slowly to the Caucasus
and in one part of Georgia the men wore chainmail armour until the 1930s. 'The First Toast is to Peace' leads the reader through
these complex lands with first-hand accounts of distant trails, forays into history and conversations with local people about
their hopes for the future. The narrative provides answers to questions great and small. How is Stalin regarded today in his
native Georgia? How do you reach Khevsureti by horse? What is life like in Europe’s forgotten war zone, Nagorno-Karabakh?