Nagorno-Karabakh’s Myth of Ancient Hatreds

12m · October 16, 2020

Nagorno-Karabakh’s Myth of Ancient Hatreds

During the last week of September an Azerbaijani offensive re-ignited a decades-old conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh (‘Mountainous Karabakh’) region. The Nagorno-Karabakh dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan is sometimes explained as a result of ‘ancient hatreds’. In reality, it is nothing of the sort, despite both sides using history to bolster their claims to the region. This article was part of our Miscellanies series. Sign up to receive this free weekly long read in your inbox, at  by Jo Laycock. Read by Paul Lay.Image: 'We Are Our Mountains' monument north of Stepanakert, 1978. Completed in 1967, it is a symbol of Armenian heritage in the region. See

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