The Armenians: From Kings and Priests to Merchants and Commissars

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Hurst & Company, 2006 - 442 sider

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
of Time to the 17th Century
32
Merchants Diasporan Communities and Liberation
75
BROTHERHOOD
101
EARLY ATTEMPTS
109
The Russian conquest of Eastern Armenia
119
The Consolidation
128
In the west
134
In Ottoman Armenia
160
intellectuals and phases
180
Revolutionary Parties and Genocide Independence
188
NATIONALISM
194
Soviet Armenians Diaspora
262
Strengthening National Identity Soviet Style 192187
319
a Multilocal Nation Continues
384
Bibliography
395

In the east
142
In the west
148
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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