Azerbaijan A Country Study by Federal Research Division

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862-977 Second golden age of Armenian culture, under Ashot I and Ashot III. ELEVENTH-FOURTEENTH CENTURIES Byzantine Greeks invade Armenia from west, Seljuk Turks from east; Turkish groups wrest political control of Azerbaijan from Arabs, introducing Turkish language and culture. 1099-1125 David IV the Builder establishes expanded Georgian Empire and begins golden age of Georgia. 1000-late 1200s Golden age of Azerbaijani literature and architecture. 1100s-1300s Cilician Armenian and Georgian armies aid European armies in Crusades to limit Muslim control of Holy Land.

Aliyev promised a new constitution and democratic rule, but he prolonged his dictatorial powers on the pretext of the continuing military emergency. Work on a new constitution was begun in 1992, but the NagornoKarabakh conflict and political turmoil delayed its completion; meanwhile, elements of the 1978 constitution (based on the 1977 constitution of the Soviet Union) remain the highest law of the land, supplemented only by provisions of the 1991 Act of Independence. Azerbaijan's post-Soviet foreign policy attempted to balance the interests of three stronger, often mutually hostile, neighbors—Iran, Russia, and Turkey—while using those nations' interests in regional peace to help resolve the Karabakh conflict.

D. 100-300 Romans annex Azerbaijan and name it Albania. ca. 310 Tiridates III accepts Christianity for the Armenian people. 330 King Marian III of Kartli-Iberia accepts Christianity for the Georgian people. FIFTH-SEVENTH CENTURIES First golden age of Armenian culture. ca. 600 Four centuries of Arab control of Azerbaijan begin, introducing Islam in seventh century. 645 Arabs capture Tbilisi. 653 Byzantine Empire cedes Armenia to Arabs. NINTH-TENTH CENTURIES 806 Arabs install Bagratid family to govern Armenia.

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