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Rediscovery of History

AyazMalikov,theauthorofthisarticlepublishedinthenewspaperAzerbaijan1

inMarch1990,heresuggeststhatpromisesmadetothenationalitiessince1917 shouldbekeptandfulfilledbytheSovietstate.Failingthat,thenationalities oughtnotbebarredfrompursuingtheirrealization.Asinthepast,somewere quicktoseeinthisculturaldemandapoliticalmenace,theoldbogeyman"panTurkism,"whichwasconjuredupnotintheTurkdomainsbutinEuropeduring thebalance-of-powerstrugglesofthenineteenthandtwentiethcenturies.The literatureonthisissueisnascentbutdocumentstheworksandmotivesofthe "creator"ofthisnotionandthemethodsofitspropagationintotheTurklands.2

"TheentireEnglish-speakingworld,"saidoneAzerbaijanTurkscholar,"formsa culturalwholeandisnotregardedasathreattotherestoftheworldmerelyon thebasisofthatculturalunity.WhenTurksinAzerbaijanlooktoDedeKorkutor theOrkhonstelae,thisisnodifferentfromAmericansreadingShakespeare."