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Georgian revisionism – no sense, no mercy2010-01-14 09:57
January 12, Baku: scholars from Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia presented "Historical digest of South Caucasian countries" monograph covering the period from the earliest times to 1921. The book was initiated by the Council of Europe 15 years ago. The work was suspended because of antagonistic approach to history by Armenian and Azerbaijani scholars. The current edition represents their "own view of historical processes in the region". As Rauf Gusseynov, an author of the book said in an interview with Regnum news agency "historical essays in the first half of the book can't be consistent or congruent in all respects. At times they contain "conflicting truths". As a result a common
reader will have to take time to think". We are left to hope that the controversial views on their own history won't go against common sense as we frequently hear from Georgian politicians speaking about the history of Georgia.
On the day of "Historical digest..." presentation Mikheil Saakashvili met with teachers and pupils in Batumi. This is one of his phrases: "The country whose history is five times shorter than ours is contesting our historical territories asserting they had never belonged to Georgia. The problem of this country - a culturally reach and a historically educated country - is that today decisions are often taken by completely illiterate people who sincerely believe that Georgians had never inhabited Abkhazia". This passage is particularly remarkable since it is overloaded with false information, diplomatically speaking.
Since Russia is implied, as it is easy to guess, let's consider the quotation in detail. The Russian statehood - even if we stick to the traditional Norman theory - is 11.5 centuries old. The Georgian statehood started with the emergence of Kartli trasrdom that is 23 centuries ago. No fivefold dominance, it's obvious. However, if we take appearance of Homo Georgicus who lived 1.7 mln ago as the start of Georgian history the figures the Georgian leader mentioned will seem undervalued then.
The words about Abkhazia and the phrase on contestation of historical territories are curious too. It is noteworthy that Abkhazia has never been Georgia's "historical territory" and no Russian politician has ever said that Georgians have never inhabited Abkhazia. It will be remembered that Abkhazia was the location of ancient Kolkh stardom, and later Abkhaz tsardom was struggling for dominance in Georgia. Abkhazia was part of Georgia only in 10-15 centuries a.d. Later on Abkhazia was quite independent before entering the Russian Empire. Abkhazia acceded the Georgian republic proclaimed in 1918 which was acknowledged as a peace treaty signed in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic in 1920. However already in March 1921 Abkhazia was proclaimed an independent Soviet Socialist Republic acceding the Georgian SSR under an ad-hoc union treaty in December 1921and retaining its former status. The situation continued up to 1931 when Abkhazia turned into an ordinary autonomous republic within Georgia. Thus it becomes clear that speaking about Abkhazia as Georgia's "historical territory" is as fair as calling Georgia a "historical territory" of Russia.