The Tsar’s Last War on the Ottomans

A few years ago I obtained a copy of Sean McMeekin’s book ‘The Russian origins of the First World War’. It is certainly a very interesting read, particularly because it looks at something that Western histories neglect about the Great War – the role of Czarist Russia. Czarist Russia, of course, collapsed in its waging […]

The Talaat Pasha Question

A recent book by Professor Hans Lukas Keiser ‘Talaat Pasha: Father of Modern Turkey, Architect of Genocide’ has the objective of establishing Talaat as the chief orchestrator of the event the author calls the “Armenian Genocide” and to establish him alongside Ataturk as “The Father of Modern Turkey. Prof Keiser makes the case that the […]

“Erməni Soyqırımı” haqqında düşüncələr

Alim qondarma erməni soyqırımı haqqında iddiaların çürük olduğunu bildirib ABŞ-da qondarma “erməni soyqırımı” ilə bağlı Türkiyəyə yönəlik qaralama kampaniyası aparan siyasi dairələrə və qeyri-hökumət təşkilatlarına qarşı diaspora xidməti göstərən və 2008-ci ildə Nyu-Yorkda qurulan Türk-Amerikan Təhlükəsizlik Fondu (TASFO) bununla əlaqədar Qərb tarixçiləri ilə reportajlar həyata keçirir. Təşkilatın mövzu ətrafında söhbət apardığı ekspertlərdən biri də irlandiyalı […]

Why Baku Fell to the Soviets a Century ago today

A hundred years ago an event of great geopolitical significance occurred – the fall of Baku and the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Red Army. When the question is asked: why did this happen it is usually answered with an explanation of how it happened, neatly side-stepping the actual issue why? It seems to be […]

Nəriman Nərimanov – 150

Nəriman Nərimanovun Ev Muzeyi Bu il fevral ayının 11-də muzeyimizi Şimali İrlandiyanın Belfast şəhərindən gəlmiş tarixçi və siyasi analitik Patrik Uelşin ziyarət edildiyini bildirmişdik. Ekskursiyadan sonra ziyarətçi Nəriman Nərimanov haqda məqalə üzərində işlədiyini bildirmiş və işi başa çatdırdıqdan sonra həmin materialı bizə göndərəcəyinə söz vermişdi. Hazırda Abu-Dabi (Birləşmiş Ərəb Əmrliyi) əmrliyində yaşayan doktor Uelş mart […]

Happy Nowruz 1920 (from the Armenians)

One hundred years ago this week the Armenian Dashnaks in Erivan presented Bolshevik Russia with a present for Nowruz – a clear road into the Southern Caucasus. This present was designed to take advantage of the Azeris at a moment of their celebrations, catching them by surprise, and deliver them into the hands of Soviet […]

Nariman Narimanov – a patriotic, humanistic, Bolshevik

Nariman Narimanov, who was born 150 years ago this April, was a patriotic, humanistic Bolshevik. He was also the major figure who facilitated the Bolshevization of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which began around this time in the same month 100 ago. It may seem strange to some readers to commemorate these two events. After all, […]

Massacre at Khojaly (February 26, 1992)

This is the 28th Anniversary of the massacre at Khojaly, when Armenian forces destroyed an Azerbaijani town in Nagorno-Karabakh and killed over 600 people in cold blood. The following is the text of an interview I gave to Eurasia Diary/Eurasia Media Network with my thoughts on the event: ED: 28 years have now passed since […]