Mammad Said Ordubadi’s ‘Years of Blood’ Published in Russia and UK - PHOTO

Mammad Said Ordubadi’s ‘Years of Blood’ Published in Russia and UK - <font color=red>  PHOTO</font>
# 29 March 2011 11:41 (UTC +04:00)
They are published, respectively, by the prestigious Academy of Cultural Research publishing house, (Кровавые годы. История армяно-мусульманской войны на Кавквзе. Санкт-Петербург‚ 2010) and by the Garnet publishing company (Years of Blood. A History of the Armenian-Muslim Clashes in the Caucasus, 1905-1906, London, 2011).
Issued under the imprint of Ithaca Press, a leading English-language publisher of academic books devoted to Middle East Studies, the first ever publication of an English translation is a valuable contribution to understanding the reality of those times, especially for western academic circles.
Both publications begin with an opening address by Tale Heydarov, chairman of The European Azerbaijan Society. He notes that the book may be regarded as a historical and geographical chronicle of the Armenian-Muslim clashes of 1905-1906. ‘Years of Blood’ was originally presented to a wide readership as an academic, historical work based on a broad range of sources and appropriate research. Thus Ordubadi asked local correspondents to gather information about the events and then he reconstructed their progress by means of the letters received. Objectivity and academic procedure were consistently observed in assembling the facts, in their study, organisation and summary as well as in drafting conclusions. The book’s structure enables the reader to track the causes, basic problems, the progress and consequences of the Armenian-Muslim clashes of 1905-1906. The introduction notes that Ordubadi’s book is one of the basic sources for a study of these events and special attention is given to the author’s views on how they were reflected internationally. Ordubadi wrote that the European and American press, as well as those in Russia and the Caucasus, were especially zealous in describing events and their causes. We also know that articles in the pages of the foreign press expressed antagonistic and contradictory opinions. Heydarov notes that the situation has not changed very much since then and stresses the academic and cognitive value of reassessment by returning to direct historical experience. Ordubadi’s work is especially relevant here. This is why The European Azerbaijan Society has published ‘Years of Blood’ in Russian and English, directly in Russia and the United Kingdom. These editions are essential for Russian-speaking and English-speaking readers studying the historical roots of the Armenian-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabagh conflict. They also extend the international reach of Azerbaijani authors and convey Azerbaijan’s just position to the international community.