DEMOGRAPHIC SITUATION AND TOPONYMY IN YEREVAN, NAKHIJEVAN AND ARTSAKH REGIONS OF EASTERN ARMENIA IN THE FIRST DECADES OF THE 19TH CENTURY AND THEIR MISREPRESENTATION BY THE PRESENT-DAY AZERBAIJANI FALSIFIERS
Although from the mid-17th century Armenia was divided by the Ottoman and Persian Empires, the main population in Western Armenia and Eastern Armenia remained indigenous Armenian people until the Armenian Genocide (1915). Alien administrations used Armenian toponyms either translating or distorting them. The reason of the survival for the millennia-old Armenian toponyms was viability of the princely system and spiritual authority, as well as Armenian cultural and historical heritage. A wide use of the Turkic-language distorted forms of toponyms in the official documents of the Russian Empire, in the 19th century was conditioned by the military-political situation and compilation of descriptions on the basis of the data provided by the representatives of the newly invaded nomadic tribes while often disregarding the original Armenian toponyms. That is why ascribing of the invented and distorted Turkic-language “toponyms” to preceding historical periods by the present-day Azerbaijani falsifiers is unscientific and unacceptable.
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