Modern Armenia

Modern Armenia : People, Nation, State

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A review of modern Armenian politics and political thinking from the mid-19th century to the 21st century, discussing the evolution of Armenians from peoplehood to statehood. Written by a governmental advisor in the early years of Armenian independence, the text analyses the internal dynamics of the revolutionary movement, the genocide, the Armenian diaspora, its recent independence, and the relationship of these developments to processes in the Ottoman/Turkish, Russian and Western states. Starting with an overview of Armenian history from mid-19th century to the 1970s, the volume proceeds to explore the dynamics that led up to and shaped the modern republic. The first part is devoted to understanding the ideologies adopted by the Armenian revolutionary movement in the late-19th century Ottoman Empire that had earlier absorbed historic Western Armenia. Gerard Libaridian examines the causes of the rise of political parties and a guerrilla movement and mutations in their strategies. He also describes the tensions within the Armenian community in the face of increasing impoverishment and Ottoman repression.
In the second part, Libaridian focuses on the ideology of the Young Turks, who were responsible for the World War I genocide, and then offers an analysis of the causes of the tragedy. In a third part, he describes the complexities of dealing with the history of relations between Armenians and Kurds and Armenians and Turks. He explores mutual perceptions and the politics of recognition of the genocide. Libaridian concludes with an overview of Armenia and Armenians during the last two decades, including the rebirth of an independent Armenia, its foreign and security policy options, and its relations with the diaspora. The work should be of interest to students of Armenian history, independence movements, the dissolution of the Soviet empire, and foreign relations.
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  • Hardback | 338 pages
  • 195.6 x 223.5 x 5.1mm | 136.08g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765802058
  • 9780765802057

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-Born in the Middle East and trained in the US, Libaridian (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor) offers a unique combination of perspectives he developed as a historian of modern Armenia and as a high official in the government of the Armenian Republic, indeed as the architect of its foreign policy until 1997. Some of these 13 articles are revised versions of pieces scattered in publications not easily available; others are texts of lectures previously unpublished. Analytically astute and knit together well, they make up a real book, not a slapdash collection. The chapters on the notions of nation and fatherland, liberation movements, and the relationship between ideology and political practice will be instructive to any student of modern history and politics, even if the Armenian case provides the raw material of analysis... Libaridian offers a sober assessment of the realities of being a small country whose local entanglements have been internationalized. Summing Up: Essential. Collections supporting study of Armenia, the Transcaucasus, and the Middle East; upper-division undergraduates and above.- --K. TOlOlyan, Choice -In a refreshingly balanced analysis, [Modern Armenia] examines Armenia and Turkey as states with clear needs and interests, and argues that pressure from the Armenian disapora has long complicated the efforts of the two neighbors to establish ties.- - Meline Toumani, The Nation -I found Modern Armenia to be excellent. It is accurate, informative, and thought-provoking.- - Edmund Herzig, professor of Middle Eastern studies, University of Manchester and author of The New Caucasis: Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia -Modern Armenia is a unique work in a number of ways. Most importantly, it accounts for the dynamics of change in Armenian society and political thinking in the last two centuries under the impact of internal processes and external events. And by doing so, it highlights the attempt of Armenians to participate in the making of their own future and the difficult choices they had to face.- - Dr. Gerard Chaliand, historian and political scientist, author of Nomadic Empires "Born in the Middle East and trained in the US, Libaridian (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor) offers a unique combination of perspectives he developed as a historian of modern Armenia and as a high official in the government of the Armenian Republic, indeed as the architect of its foreign policy until 1997. Some of these 13 articles are revised versions of pieces scattered in publications not easily available; others are texts of lectures previously unpublished. Analytically astute and knit together well, they make up a real book, not a slapdash collection. The chapters on the notions of nation and fatherland, liberation movements, and the relationship between ideology and political practice will be instructive to any student of modern history and politics, even if the Armenian case provides the raw material of analysis... Libaridian offers a sober assessment of the realities of being a small country whose local entanglements have been internationalized. Summing Up: Essential. Collections supporting study of Armenia, the Transcaucasus, and the Middle East; upper-division undergraduates and above." --K. TOlOlyan, Choice "In a refreshingly balanced analysis, [Modern Armenia] examines Armenia and Turkey as states with clear needs and interests, and argues that pressure from the Armenian disapora has long complicated the efforts of the two neighbors to establish ties." - Meline Toumani, The Nation "I found Modern Armenia to be excellent. It is accurate, informative, and thought-provoking." - Edmund Herzig, professor of Middle Eastern studies, University of Manchester and author of The New Caucasis: Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia "Modern Armenia is a unique work in a number of ways. Most importantly, it accounts for the dynamics of change in Armenian society and political thinking in the last two centuries under the impact of internal processes and external events. And by doing so, it highlights the attempt of Armenians to participate in the making of their own future and the difficult choices they had to face." - Dr. Gerard Chaliand, historian and political scientist, author of Nomadic Empires "Born in the Middle East and trained in the US, Libaridian (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor) offers a unique combination of perspectives he developed as a historian of modern Armenia and as a high official in the government of the Armenian Republic, indeed as the architect of its foreign policy until 1997. Some of these 13 articles are revised versions of pieces scattered in publications not easily available; others are texts of lectures previously unpublished. Analytically astute and knit together well, they make up a real book, not a slapdash collection. The chapters on the notions of nation and fatherland, liberation movements, and the relationship between ideology and political practice will be instructive to any student of modern history and politics, even if the Armenian case provides the raw material of analysis... Libaridian offers a sober assessment of the realities of being a small country whose local entanglements have been internationalized. Summing Up: Essential. Collections supporting study of Armenia, the Transcaucasus, and the Middle East; upper-division undergraduates and above." --K. TOlOlyan, Choice "In a refreshingly balanced analysis, ["Modern Armenia"] examines Armenia and Turkey as states with clear needs and interests, and argues that pressure from the Armenian disapora has long complicated the efforts of the two neighbors to establish ties." - Meline Toumani, "The Nation" "I found "Modern Armenia" to be excellent. It is accurate, informative, and thought-provoking." - Edmund Herzig, professor of Middle Eastern studies, University of Manchester and author of "The New Caucasis: Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia " ""Modern Armenia" is a unique work in a number of ways. Most importantly, it accounts for the dynamics of change in Armenian society and political thinking in the last two centuries under the impact of internal processes and external events. And by doing so, it highlights the attempt of Armenians to participate in the making of their own future and the difficult choices they had to face." - Dr. Gerard Chaliand, historian and political scientist, author of "Nomadic Empires" "In a refreshingly balanced analysis, ["Modern Armenia"] examines Armenia and Turkey as states with clear needs and interests, and argues that pressure from the Armenian disapora has long complicated the efforts of the two neighbors to establish ties." - Meline Toumani, "The Nation" "I found "Modern Armenia" to be excellent. It is accurate, informative, and thought-provoking." - Edmund Herzig, professor of Middle Eastern studies, University of Manchester and author of "The New Caucasis: Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia " ""Modern Armenia" is a unique work in a number of ways. Most importantly, it accounts for the dynamics of change in Armenian society and political thinking in the last two centuries under the impact of internal processes and external events. And by doing so, it highlights the attempt of Armenians to participate in the making of their own future and the difficult choices they had to face." - Dr. Gerard Chaliand, historian and political scientist, author of "Nomadic Empires" "In a refreshingly balanced analysis, ["Modern Armenia"] examines Armenia and Turkey as states with clear needs and interests, and argues that pressure from the Armenian disapora has long complicated the efforts of the two neighbors to establish ties."- Meline Toumani, "The Nation""I found "Modern Armenia" to be excellent. It is accurate, informative, and thought-provoking."- Edmund Herzig, professor of Middle Eastern studies, University of Manchester and author of "The New Caucasis: Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia """Modern Armenia" is a unique work in a number of ways. Most importantly, it accounts for the dynamics of change in Armenian society and political thinking in the last two centuries under the impact of internal processes and external events. And by doing so, it highlights the attempt of Armenians to participate in the making of their own future and the difficult choices they had to face."- Dr. Gerard Chaliand, historian and political scientist, author of "Nomadic Empires"
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