28 Marzo 2013- Redrawing the Map of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Iran
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Clash of Histories in the South Caucasus
Redrawing the Map of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Iran
A new study by Rouben Galichian
“Rewriting history and redrawing boundaries are ancient political strategies for shaping national identity, nation-building and establishing territorial claims. Ethnicity and cultural heritage are especially powerful symbols, and therefore targets, for territorial claims – a process exemplified by the Republic of Azerbaijan’s state-sponsored invention of its own national identity.”
This richly illustrated study documents the complexity of territorial struggles within the South Caucasus over the past two millennia. As the only former Soviet republic not to be created from an established ethnic group, ever since its formation in 1918 Azerbaijan has used strategies adapted especially from the USSR and Pan-Turkism movement to create a nationalistic ethnos/mythos at odds with the historical and geographical reality.
Rouben Galichian examines the motives and methodology employed by Azerbaijani historians and geographers in officially recreating the history, boundaries and even ethnicity of this historically volatile region. Particular focus is given to Azerbaijan’s campaign for the geo-historical appropriation of neighbouring Armenia and Iranian Azerbaijan, a selective campaign that ignores Georgia and Russia’s North Caucasus. The evidence of the ancient and later cartographers along with the Graeco-Roman historians and the accounts of Islamic and European travellers confirm the international position that runs counter to Azerbaijan’s claims.
Rouben Galichian was born in Tabriz, Iran, to a family of immigrant Armenians who fled Van to escape the Genocide, arriving in Iran via Armenia, Georgia and France. After attending school in Tehran, Rouben studied engineering in the UK. His books include Historic Maps of Armenia: The Cartographic Heritage, Countries South of the Caucasus in Medieval Maps: Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, and The Invention of History: Azerbaijan, Armenia, and the Showcasing of Imaginations, which documents the culture and history of Nagorno-Karabakh through the centuries. For his services to Armenian historical cartography, Rouben was awarded in 2008 an Honorary Doctorate by the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. In 2009 he was the recipient of Armenia’s Vazgen I Cultural Achievements Medal.
232pp • ILLUSTRATED with 57 colour maps • £29.99 • HBK • ISBN 9781908755018
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Chapter One - Causes of the Fabrications and Inventions 19
1.1 - Formation of a New Country North of the Arax River.
1.2 - Soviet Ideology and the Policy of Falsifications.
1.3 - Re-writing of History and the Establishment of Azerbaijani Identity.
1.4 - Azerbaijan’s Methodology in Re-writing of History.
Chapter Two - Azerbaijan’s intentions towards its neighbours 51
2.1 - The Formation of Azerbaijani Ethnos
2.2 - The Terminology “Western”, “Southern” & “Northern” Azerbaijan.
Chapter Three - On Armenians being Newcomers to the Caucasus 69
3.1 – The bases of the theory of Armenians being newcomers
3.2 - Greco-Roman Sources on the Armenian Presence in the Region.
3.3 - Armenian presence in Caucasus according to Islamic sources.
3.4 - Armenian presence as per the medieval Christian travellers.
Chapter Four - The Methodology of Appropriating Others’ Culture. 117
4.1 – Appropriation or Destruction of Historic Monuments.
4.2 - The Appropriation of Scholars and Scientists.
4.3 - The Projection and Aggression in the Process of Destruction
Chapter Five - Cartographic documents of the Region 131
Appendix – Maps 161
Index of names 226