ISSN 1829-4618

IMPORTANCE OF THE ARMENIAN TOPONYMS’ ONTOLOGICAL INTEGRITY IN THE SYSTEM OF NATIONAL SECURITY

By: Edvard Danielyan, Doctor of Sciences (History)

Armenian toponyms constitute an essential part of Armenia’s historical resources. They symbolize the indigenous Armenian nation’s cultural creation - the backbone of the Armenian statehood having more than five millennia old ethno-spiritual and civilizational roots.
Turkish falsification of the Armenian history, demolition and appropriation of the historical relics have gone in parallel with erasing Armenian place names, as an indication of the genocidal policy. The uprooting millennia-old original toponyms of Western Armenia and Kilikia has been carried out with the purpose to redraw their political demographic mapping and to cover up the Armenian Genocide. The Turkish occupants are horrified of the Armenian place names of Western Armenia and Kilikia, which are the reminders of genocide and living evidence for reparations. The governments of Turkey and Azerbaijan spend enormous financial resources for falsifications of the history and historic geography of Armenia. It shows the supreme power of authentic reality of the Armenian history, toponymy and the historic memory as overwhelming resources of national security. Thus, the historical and geographical terminology of the Armenian Highland, constituting ontological integrity of the place names, belongs to the pivotal layer of the Armenian ethnolinguistic mentality. Toponyms represent the Armenian natural historic environment and cultural heritage’s significance, possessing fundamental importance. The guarantors of the Armenian toponyms’ protection are the Republic of Armenia and the Artsakh Republic (NKR).

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