Review of Marlene Laruelle’s “Conspiracy and Alternate History in Russia: A Nationalist Equation for Success?” in Light of Wikipedia’s Use of It

I’m writing this review due to the claims made on the Wikipedia page for Fomenko’s New Chronology.

On July 18th, 2020, the Wiki for FNC stated,
“The theory further proposes that world history prior to 1600 AD has been widely falsified to suit the interests of a number of different conspirators including the Vatican, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Russian House of Romanov, all working to obscure the “true” history of the world centered around a global empire called the “Russian Horde”.”
and
“Fomenko states that world history prior to 1600 was deliberately falsified for political reasons. The consequences of this conspiracy theory are twofold. Documents that conflict with New Chronology are said to have been edited or fabricated by conspirators; the Vatican, the Holy Roman Empire and pro-German Romanov dynasty.”

The first quote from the wiki is not given any citation and the second quote is only given one, which is Laruelle’s publication.

Laruelle’s publication is from 2012 and is 16 pages long. According to the word-finder, Fomenko’s name is mentioned 51 times starting on page 574 and ending on page 580. I’m only going to be addressing the parts of Laruelle’s article that deal directly with the wiki quotes. There are a number of additional parts from the 2012 publication that I would like to chat with its author about but I am not going to cover them here.

The quote which I believe is responsible for the remarks on the wiki page can be found on page 579 starting on the 9th line down. Laruelle does not give any citation for the claim and seemingly leaves it to the readers to sift out where Fomenko said such a thing (if he ever said such a thing). I will note that Fomenko does blame the Romanovs for destroying parts of history, and in my opinion he claims this for valid reasons. One reference of this can be found in his How It Was In Reality Chapter 7 Part 14.

Pertaining to the Holy Roman Empire, that empire was a German one. Germany is where the Romanovs originated and all the Romanov rulers had German wives [GiT Mag]. For Fomenko to claim that the Romanovs and Germans were closely related is not far-fetched at all, and to me is seemingly an accepted fact. I would like a specific citation, or multiple specific citations as to where Fomenko covers how these two groups conspired together to destroy history.

As for specific claims about the Vatican, I’ll need to look more through Fomenko’s works. Pertaining to all three of these groups working together as conspirators in a coordinated effort to fabricate history, I do not recall Fomenko making a claim like that. I’d like a citation for where he does claim this if he does. Laruelle’s publication doesn’t seem to lump them in as co-conspirators to the same degree the wiki article does. I wish Laruelle would have cited the exact places where Fomenko made such claims, but unfortunately this was not done and so the claims made are not yet substantiated by any clear reference. Why Laruelle didn’t cite the exact place to back that claim, I do not know. Laruelle cites multiple other works by Fomenko to back other claims made throughout the publication, but on this one nothing is cited.

The main issue with not citing a claim is that claims without citations force the audience who wants to know the source of the claims to wade out into the massive sea of information to try and locate the specific source that the person making the claim was referencing. This is partly the reason why the burden of proof exists.

Matryoshka dolls, which are very similar to Egyptian coffins, and to a lesser degree Chinese boxes.

Here I break down the second wiki statement for greater understanding of the issue pertaining to making claims without specific citations:

“Fomenko states that world history prior to 1600 was deliberately falsified for political reasons.”
Where does Fomenko state this? From my understanding, Fomenko’s boundary line between “correct” history and “increasingly sketchy” history is at 1650 [How It Was In Reality, Preface, 21st paragraph].
Additionally, where does Fomenko state that “world history … was deliberately falsified for political reasons”? The wiki article claims Fomenko states these things but provides no citation other than Laruelle’s. I also think it’s worth noting that Laruelle doesn’t make any claim about Fomenko involving the number 1600. Possibly the political reason thing could be based on the one sentence on pages 576 and 577 about “the ultimate goal” to show the historical “political greatness” of Russia has been covered up.

“The consequences of this conspiracy theory are twofold. Documents that conflict with New Chronology are said to have been edited or fabricated by conspirators; the Vatican, the Holy Roman Empire and pro-German Romanov dynasty.”
Where does Fomenko claim the part about the documents? For the sake of citation, where does Laruelle even claim this? I did not see any mention of this from Laruelle.

All in all, the Wikipedia article lies about what the citation they use says, and also that citation itself has no citation. In other words, it’s fundamentally useless and brings you to a dead end.

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