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Palgrave Macmillan

The History of Armenia

ISBN 9780230608580
Publication Date December 2007
Formats Ebook (PDF) Paperback Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Essential Histories series

There is a great deal of interest in the history of Armenia since its renewed independence in the 1990s and the ongoing debate about the genocide - an interest that informs the strong desire of a new generation of Armenian Americans to learn more about their heritage and has led to greater solidarity in the community. By integrating themes such as war, geopolitics, and great leaders, with the less familiar cultural themes and personal stories, this book will appeal to general readers and travellers interested in the region.

Simon Payaslian is Kaloosdian/Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies and Modern Armenian History, Clark University. He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.

PART I: Origins and Formation * Dynasties and the Geopolitics of Empire: The Ervanduni and the Artashesian Dynasties * Culture, Language, and Wars of Religion: Kings, Marzpans, Ostikans * PART II: Transformation and Transplantation * The Bagratuni Kingdom and Disintegration * The Kilikian Kingdom, the Crusades, and the Invasions from the East * PART III: Sultans, Tsars, and Tyrants * Armenia under Ottoman and Russian Rule * The Armenian Genocide * PART IV: Perils of Modernization and Globalization * The Republic of Armenia: The First Republic * The Leninist-Stalinist Legacy: Seventy Years of Soviet Rule * Independence and Democracy: The Second Republic


"Professor Payaslian's exceptional text on the history of the Armenians brings new insights on the development of the Armenian nation in the first millenium B.C. to the present. His work with the pre-Armenian material is quite inclusive and he seems able to think through the enormous amount of random information we have on the pre-literate period, and make sense of it. His understanding of the following Persian period is exceptional and equal to his work in the modern period, which is his specialty." - John A. C. Greppin, Professor of Linguistics, Cleveland State University
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