Looking Toward Ararat: Armenia in Modern History

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Indiana University Press, 1993 - History - 289 pages

As a new independent Republic of Armenia is established among the ruins of the Soviet Union, Armenians are rethinking their history--the processes by which they arrived at statehood in a small part of their historic homeland, and the definitions they might give to boundaries of their nation. Both a victim and a beneficiary of rival empires, Armenia experienced a complex evolution as a divided or an erased polity with a widespread diaspora.

Ronald Grigor Suny traces the cultural and social transformations and interventions that created a new sense of Armenian nationality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Perceptions of antiquity and uniqueness combined in the popular imagination with the experiences of dispersion, genocide, and regeneration to forge an Armenian nation in Transcaucasia. Suny shows that while the limits of Armenia at times excluded the diaspora, now, at a time of state renewal, the boundaries have been expanded to include Armenians who live beyond the borders of the republic.


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Suny, an established historian of this region and its peoples, examines the development and nature of Armenian identity and nationality in a series of essays written over the past several decades ... Read full review

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This book is well accepted across many scholars. The written history outlined is consistent with other historians and there is little doubt about its authenticity.


From National Character to National
Armenia and Its Rulers
Images of the Armenians in the Russian Empire
The Emergence of the Armenian Patriotic
Populism Nationalism and Marxism among
Labor and Socialism among Armenians
Building a Socialist Nation
Stalin and the Armenians
Armenia in the Cold War
The New Nationalism in Armenia
The Case
The Diaspora and
Armenia on the Road to Independence Again

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RONALD GRIGOR SUNY is Alex Manoogian Professor of Modern Armenian History at the University of Michigan. A specialist in the history of the non-Russian peoples of the Soviet Union, he is the author of The Making of the Georgian Nation and editor of Transcaucasia, Nationalism, and Social Change.

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