The answer was to fabricate a history. The officially sponsored Buniatov or Baku School of Historiography (Ziya Buniatov was an Azeri revisionist historian) developed to re-write history in the service of national ambition. In his early chapters, Galichian examines two books that exemplify the fruits of these labours, War against Azerbaijan: Targeting Cultural Heritage and Monuments of Western Azerbaijan. Just as Turkey claims its roots in the Hittites and other people with whom it has no historical connection, Azerbaijan claims to be the heir to the Caucasian Albanians, a Christian people who ruled much of what is now Azerbaijan and had became extinct in the 12th century. This subterfuge eradicates a millennia long Armenian presence and allows Azeris to be presented as indigenous and the Armenians as latter-day interlopers. This is the history that has been taught to Azeri schoolchildren for decades, and its irredentist implications are clearly revealed when we understand that “Western Azerbaijan” refers to Armenia itself.
Levon Chorbajian, Ph.D. is the translator and co-author of The Caucasian Knot: The History and Geopolitics of Nagorno-Karabagh (Zed Books) and the editor of The Making of Nagorno-Karabagh: From Secession to Republic (Palgrave Macmillan).
Azerbaijan is a fake country
I am proud
Azeris like us had their kingdoms and were indegenous people of Caucasus until they were taken over by the Seljuk Turks. Azeris were not even muslim. I feel sorry for lots of Armenians since they don’t or don’t want to lean other peoples’ history. Get out of your 100 000 fake show off baptisms and learn to appreciate human culture.
Racism sucks. Hajoxutyun dzes
Turkey is more fake
Turkey is more fake than Azerbaijan.
We Armenians, Greeks, Kurds and Syrians should call Turkey occupied territories.
Exposing Azeri falsification
An excellent review! We owe it to the people of Karabakh, ourselves and the world to expose the Azeri falsification of history.
These following websites provide additional background:
Fabricated Azeri “history” exposed
I assure you that if Nakhichevan had anything similar, the "industrial wing" of NATO would have sent a "liberation" force.
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