In the beginning of the year 2000, the authors of this Internet project
realized that information on Artsakh - a country in the Caucasus otherwise
known to the public as Nagorno-Karabakh - is poorly represented in the
world's mass media sources. To the date, Artsakh is still perceived by many
in the world exclusively in the context of the journalistic cliche' "ethnic
conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh," in other words, as an object of a
political-territorial dispute that continues plaguing Armenian-Azeri
However, Artsakh is much richer a phenomenon, being a country with its own
unique history and culture, embodied in thousands of architectural
monuments, and represented by dozens of world-famous political and military
leaders, artists, and scientists. A region whose Armenian statehood is
rooted in antiquity, Artsakh itself is one of several Armenian
geographical-historical dominions - or "ashkhars" (translated as "world"
from Armenian) that together constitute the Armenian Plateau. That is why
our website is called "ArtsakhWorld". We hope that it will help you get to
know Artsakh: its history, culture, and people.