Modern Armenia

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Overview

Modern Armenia reviews Armenian politics and political thinking from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, and the evolution of Armenians from peoplehood to statehood. Written by a key governmental advisor in the early years of Armenian independence, this book analyzes the internal dynamics of the revolutionary movement, the genocide, the Armenian Diaspora, its recovered statehood and recent independence, as well as the relationship of these developments to processes in the Ottoman/Turkish, Russian, and Western states. It also explores current dilemmas and future choices independent Armenia faces today.

Libaridian concludes with an overview of Armenia and Armenians during the past two decades, including the rebirth of independent Armenia, its foreign and security policy options, its position within the region, and its relations with the Diaspora. Fascinating and timely, Modern Armenia will be of interest to students and scholars of Armenian history, independence movements, the dissolution of the Soviet empire, foreign relations, and political science.

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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are revised versions of pieces scattered in publications not easily available; others are texts of lectures previously unpublished.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. Tölölyan, 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412806480
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/31/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerard Libaridian is the editor of Transaction’s Armenian Studies series.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction 1
1 From People to Nation: An Overview from the 1850s to the 1970s 13
2 Nation and Fatherland in Nineteenth-Century Armenian Political Thought 51
3 The Changing Armenian Self-Image in the Ottoman Empire: Rayahs and Revolutionaries 73
4 Theory and Praxis: A Perspective on the Armenian Liberation Movement, 1890-1908 89
5 Rethinking the Nation: Revolution and Liberation in the 1892 and 1907 Programs of the Dashnaktsutiune 103
6 A Case Study of Evolution: The Socialist Review Handes 113
7 The Ideology of the Young Turk Movement 125
8 The Ultimate Repression: The Genocide of the Armenians, 1915-1917 137
9 Ideology and History: Problems in the Study of Armeno-Kurdish Relations 169
10 Re-Imaging the Past, Rethinking the Present: The Future of Turkish-Armenian Relations 183
11 From People to State, Once More: An Overview from 1980 to 2003 199
12 The Re-Imagined Future: Turkey-Armenia and Turkish-Armenian Relations since Independence 265
13 Armenia's Strategic Significance 283
Glossary of Terms 303
Bibliography of Modern Armenian History 315
Index 323
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