NEW BOOK PUBLISHED BY THE EUROPE AZERBAIJAN SOCIETY, ENTITLED THE ARMENIAN QUESTION IN THE CAUCASUS: RUSSIAN ARCHIVE DOCUMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS LAUNCHED IN LONDON

APA
http://en.apa.az/news.php?id=165283
Feb 8 2012
Azerbaijan

Professor Kerim Shukurov: All documents have been systematically
arranged for publication and, to date, we have gained access to
over 10, 000 pages, of which 2000 pages have been published in these
three volumes

Baku - APA. The roots of the ongoing Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over
Nagorno-Karabakh were outlined in the heart of London on 6 February 6
during the launch of a new book, published by The Europe Azerbaijan
Society (TEAS), entitled The Armenian Question in the Caucasus:
Russian Archive Documents and Publications. The event was attended by
H.E. Fakhraddin Gurbanov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to the UK; H.E. Unal
Cevikoz, Turkish Ambassador to the UK and more than 70 journalists,
historians, students and friends of Azerbaijan.

These three authoritative volumes incorporate facsimile documents
from the Russian State Historical Archive, St. Petersburg, and the
Russian State Military History Archive, Moscow. These invaluable
historical documents, many of which are published for the first time,
chart the systematic migration of Armenians to the Caucasus and their
subsequent protection during the time of the Russian Empire.

During his speech at St. James's Hotel and Club, Professor Kerim
Shukurov, who spearheaded the research, commented: "This is a key
resource, taken from the Russian archives. All documents have been
systematically arranged for publication and, to date, we have gained
access to over 10, 000 pages, of which 2000 pages have been published
in these three volumes. There is no exact definition of The Armenian
Question, but by collection the material and arranging it correctly,
Azerbaijan can seek to gain understanding of its position. Future
books will cover relations with Georgia and Armenia in the years
beyond 1914."

He continued: "The Azerbaijani position on the Nagorno-Karabakh
conflict is supported by the publication of these books, which prove
that Armenians were systematically relocated to the Caucasus during
the time of the Russian Empire."

Lord Laird stated: "I recently discovered the South Caucasus area,
which has great future potential, particularly due to its expending
relations with Europe. The Armenian Question does not try to
rewrite history - it is a serious work of archive research. It is
very important to ensure that the Azerbaijani case is understood,
and these books assist with achieving this."

Professor Tadeusz Swietochowski, Monmouth University, USA, then
contextualized the importance of these books, saying: "These
books contain important, overwhelming details. During the late 19th
century, Azerbaijan's international position changed, due to the oil
revolution. Baku became a cosmopolitan, urbanized hub of intellectual
development, with a booming economy. It was also the center of the
press in the Turkic world. However, the Armenian aggression of 1905-06
changed this situation, and this is charted in these books."


From: Baghdasarian