Yesterday, on August 14, presentation of four volumes of Crimean Tatar history by famous Russian historian, Doctor of historical sciences, Professor Valeriy Vozgrin took place.
The presentation took place at the Crimean Academic Ukrainian Theatre in Simferopol and was attended by Crimean Tatar scientists, cultural and arts workers, veterans of national movement, university professors, media representatives and others.
Head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev thanked the author for this huge project and told the audience that in 1990s Valeriy Vozgrin was a member of Mejlis, who had received one of the largest numbers of votes, which was the evidence of trust for him among his fellow citizens.
After the speech, Dzhemilev presented Vozgrin a Crimean Tatar national headwear.
‘History of Crimean Tatars’ consists of four volumes. The first volume is dedicated to the times of Crimean Khanate; the second is about history of Crimea under the Russian Empire rule. The third volume describes Soviet times, while the last one is dedicated to war and post-war period in the history of Crimean Tatars.
Besides author’s research materials, the books contains documents from XV till XX centuries from 9 domestic and 2 foreign archives (Russia, Denmark, Sweden), essays of foreign historians, who have visited or lived in Crimea from the Middle Ages till XX century, diaries, collections of letters, travel notes of diplomats, doctors, militaries, evidences of Crimean Tatars and other publications.
According to Vozgrin, work has been carried out during 20 years. “The idea to write the book came to me when I was young. I saw how the traditional culture of Crimea was destroyed and I thought that the Crimean Tatars were consistent and ready to restore it,” said Vozgrin.
‘History of Crimean Tatars’ tells the story until 1946. “I don’t know much about Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries, where Crimean Tatars were deported to in 1944. Therefore, I haven’t described post-deportation period”, added Vozgrin, mentioning the possibility of writing about modern history of Crimean Tatars.
During the years of work, Vozgrin had seen help from his local and foreign colleagues. In 2004, ‘Golos Krima’ newspaper had organized a campaign to raise funds for the research and its further publication.
Many people have contributed. International institutes and funds have also participated. Finally, the book was published in St. Petersburg with financial support of the Crimean Tatar businessman, benefactor, and owner of the first Crimean Tatar TV channel ART- Lenur Islyamov.
“Every Crimean Tatar needs to have this book. I was touched by a story when a blind old man, brought by his daughter donated 100 hrivnyas. Our goal is to make sure everybody sees the book. In my opinion, we are successful at that,” told Lenur Islyamov.
Note: Valeriy Vozgrin was born in Simferopol. He is a Doctor of historical sciences, Professor of the history department of St. Petersburg State University (Russia), head of Research and Scientific Center “Menshikov Institute”, member of the royal Danish Academy of Sciences.
He is the author of more than 150 historical works published in Russia, Ukraine, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Turkey, Italy and other countries.