Understanding of Ukrainian history is changing along with changes in our society: What questions does the society ask - such answers provides the history, the historian and author of the book "The First Qurultay from the Crimean Tatar Constituent Assembly to the National Parliament" Andrei Ivanets said in a commentary to QHA.
“The book has a lot of new information about Qurultay. For example, if in other monographs it was noted that one of the leaders of the Crimean Tatar movement Cafer Seydamet was not in the Crimea in 1917-1918, then we found evidence that he not only returned in the autumn of 1918, but was also elected Chairman of the Qurultay,” Ivanets notes.
Also the book clarifies the number of delegates of Qurultay, namely 79 people.
“We understand that our political nation has different actors that create it. One of the important authors of the creation of a modern Ukrainian political nation is the Crimean Tatar ethno-nation,” Ivanets said.
The first Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people is a political organization that could lead to a new life not only for the Crimean Tatars, but for the whole Crimea.
“This is a very concentrated scientific text and a breakthrough in the history of this subject. In some places, the authors find historical truth in a pile of materials. The first Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people is one of the key events in the history of the Crimean Tatars of the 20th century,” Gulnara Bekirova says.
The book was published with the support of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.
Earlier, historian Andrei Ivanets said that the history of the Crimean Tatars is an integral part of the history of the Ukrainian political nation.