The Armenians: From Kings and Priests to Merchants and Commissars (Google eBook)

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Columbia University Press, Aug 13, 2013 - History - 442 pages
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This unique history and invaluable comparative study is based on extensive research conducted in both Armenia and the diaspora, including interviews and translations of Armenian-language sources. Razmik Panossian analyzes Armenians' first attempts at liberation, the Armenian renaissance of the nineteenth century, the 1915 genocide of the Ottoman Armenians, and Soviet occupation. He shows how these influences led to a "multilocal" evolution of Armenian national identity in various locations in and outside of Armenia, and how these numerous identities contribute to deep divisions and tensions within the Armenian nation today.

Panossian uses this history to argue that national identity is modern, predominantly subjective, and based on a political sense of belonging. Yet he also acknowledges the crucial role of history, art, literature, religious practice, and commerce in preserving the national memory and shaping the cultural identity of the Armenian people. Considering the diversity of this single nation, Panossian questions the theoretical assumption that nationalism must be homogenizing.

  

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User Review  - Nanar - Goodreads

Excellent scholarship, good prose, fascinating perspective. It gave me a better idea of the EW divide that had existed in Armenia long before (centuries before, I should say) the genocide wiped out ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeni Enjaian - Goodreads

I expected more of a linear history based on the title. While the information contained in this book is interesting and useful the book would have been better served by a more coherent, logical organization. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Razmik Panossian is the director of programmes and policy at Rights and Democracy in Canada.

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