Historians to Write “History of The Caucasus” Textbook

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The first and second parts on Armenia of the "History of the Caucasus" textbook have been prepared and will be sent to the Headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg before the end of June. Head of the group of the authors of the textbook from Armenia–Doctor of History–Deputy Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) Aram Kosyan said that the second part of the book is dedicated to the culture of the Caucasian peoples and specific features of civilization The third part of the book include essays about famous historical figures. The first part of the book–which will be dedicated to the history of the national statehood of the Caucasian peoples before sovietization in 1920-1921–will be prepared later.

"History of the Caucasus" is being written on the initiative of the Council of Europe by Armenian–Georgian–Azeri and Russian historians. They are writing texts on the history–culture and famous people of their countries–and the Russian authors are working on the part on the countries of the North Caucasus–as these countries are parts of the Russian Federation. Besides Kosyan–the group of Armenian authors include a research worker of the ANAS Institute of History Ruben Sahakian–Deputy Minister of Education Georgy Sharvashidze–Candidate of History Pata Ramishvili from Georgia–Doctor of History Suleiman Mamedov–orientalist Makhir Aliev from Azerbaijan–research worker of the Institute of History and Candidate of History Vadim Tripalov–as well as a research worker of the same institute Ludmila Garagova (Osset by nationality) from Russia.

The preparation of the book started two years ago–when delegations of four countries met in Georgia and laid down principles which should be followed in the writing process.

According to Kosyan–the texts on Armenia–Georgia and the countries of the North Caucasus are easy to bring to conformity–whereas the text presented by Azerbaijan–which mainly contained attacks on the neighboring countries–essentially differed from the others. The representatives of the Council of Europe sent the text back and demanded that a new version be presented.

The regular meeting of the representatives of four countries is to be held in Yerevan in November. The improved versions of the texts will be presented at the meeting. If the Council of Europe again rejects the text presented by Azerbaijan–the Azerbaijanian side will again be given time to revise the text.

The introduction to "History of the Caucasus" will be written by Prof. David Brond–Exeter University of London–specialist in Caucasian studies to whom the aforementioned countries sent brief information on their states. The textbook will be introduced into practice in the 9th and 10th forms of the comprehensive schools in the Caucasian countries.

Aram Kosyan pointed out that Armenia is already experienced in writing such textbooks: the textbook entitled "History of the Neighboring States" was introduced in the 7th forms of the country’s schools in 1990. The textbook contained histories of the countries bordering on Armenia: Turkey–Georgia–Syria and others-from the ancient times up to 1918.

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