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Author Minassian, Gaïdz, author
Title Arméniens. English
The Armenian experience : from ancient times to independence / Gaïdz Minassian ; translated by Peter Gillespie
Imprint London, UK ; New York, NY, USA : I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd., 2020
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Descript 281 pages ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Armenian national identity has long been associated with what has come to be known as the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Immersing the reader in the history, culture and politics of Armenia - from its foundations as the ancient kingdom of Urartu to the modern-day Republic - Gaidz Minassian moves past the massacres embedded in the Armenian psyche to position the nation within contemporary global politics. An in-depth study of history and memory, The Armenian Experience examines the characteristics and sentiments of a national identity that spans the globe. Armenia lies in the heart of the Caucasus and once had an empire - under the rule of Tigranes the Great in the first century BC - that stretched from the Caspian to the Mediterranean seas. Beginning with an overview of Armenia's historic position at the crossroads between Rome and Persia, Minassian details invasions from antiquity to modern times by Arabs, Mongols, Ottomans, Persians and Russians right up to its Soviet experience, and drawing on Armenia's post-Soviet conflict with Azerbaijan in its attempts to reunify with the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. In 1918 the Republic of Armenia announced its independence as the first modern Armenian state since the Middle Ages. In 1920 it became the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, thus acknowledging Armenia as an administrative entity which would form the basis for the independent state established in 1991. Now, on Armenia's 100th anniversary of its first assertion of independence in modern times, this book questions an Armenian self-identity dominated by its past and instead looks towards the future
ContentsPart 1: History and memory : the logics of domination. International domination -- Political-religious domination -- Socio-economic domination -- Part 2: Attempts to change the course of history. The Revolutionary Movement, 1878-1914 -- Grounding the history of a fragmented identity, 1920-1988 -- Rebirth of the sovereign state, 1988-1998 -- Part 3: The power of memory. The Haitadist Cultural Revolution, 1972-1991 -- Turkey or the unique case of state denial -- The Armenian Memorial status (1998-2018) -- Part 4: Beyond the genocide. Democratizing identity -- Building dialogue with the Turks -- Encouraging the commitment of the international and academic communities
Translated from French
Subject Collective memory -- Armenia
Armenian question
Armenia -- History
Nationalism -- Armenia
Alt Author Gillespie, Peter, translator
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