The Armenians: From Kings and Priests to Merchants and Commissars

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Hurst & Company, 2006 - 442 sider
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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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Innhold

Introduction
1
From the Beginning
32
The conversion to Christianity
42
Movses Khorenatsi and the writing of history
49
THE NEXT THOUSAND YEARS
57
The Diasporan Kingdom of Cilicia
63
Merchants Diasporan Communities and Liberation
75
BROTHERHOOD
101
intellectuals and phases
180
Revolutionary Parties and Genocide Independence
188
POLITICAL AND REVOLUTIONARY ORGANISATIONS
200
Armenian MarxistsSocial Democrats
210
Intracommunity activities
217
Alliance with the Young Turks
223
THE INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC AND SOVIETISATION
242
Soviet Armenians Diaspora
262

EARLY ATTEMPTS
109
The Russian conquest of Eastern Armenia
119
The Consolidation
128
In the west
134
In the east
142
In the west
148
In Ottoman Armenia
160
Strengthening National Identity Soviet Style 192187
319
RELATIONS
358
a Multilocal Nation Continues
384
Bibliography
395
Index
437
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Om forfatteren (2006)

RAZMIK PANOSSIAN obtained his PhD from the LSE, where he also taught, with a thesis which won the Lord Bryce Prize for the Best Dissertation in Comparative and International Politics (2001).

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