Visions of Ararat: Writings on Armenia

Overview


Despite the great geographical gulf that separates them, Armenia and Europe have maintained links for many centuries--at least since the late Middle Ages when the King of Armenia traveled to London to try and reconcile the warring kingdoms of England and France. Since then, diverse travelers have written perceptively and affectionately of that far off, beautiful land and of a people who have shown great inner tenacity in the face of a difficult history. This anthology brings together the best writing on ...
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Overview


Despite the great geographical gulf that separates them, Armenia and Europe have maintained links for many centuries--at least since the late Middle Ages when the King of Armenia traveled to London to try and reconcile the warring kingdoms of England and France. Since then, diverse travelers have written perceptively and affectionately of that far off, beautiful land and of a people who have shown great inner tenacity in the face of a difficult history. This anthology brings together the best writing on Armenia--accounts by travel writers, early anthropologists, historians, soldiers, poets and politicians. Each section is annotated and placed in context. The result is a lively and colourful picture of a resilient and resourceful people.
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"...an engrossing survey of Armenia's history and culture."--Times Literary Supplement

"Christopher Walker is an astute and knowledgeable historian of Armenia, who understands both the homeland and the diaspora. Walker offers a fascinating look at the meeting of Britain and the East in Armenia..."--Mesa Bulletin

"This is a history book with a difference: a story-book and travelogue in space and time. Like an archaeologist, Christopher Walker delves into political, humanitarian, anthropological and literary sources to present us with gems of writings on Armenia...This anthology of Armenia is long overdue."--Armenian Voice

"After every Armenian has bought his copy of Visions, he should buy at least one more for his local school or library."The Armenian Reporter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850438885
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/22/2005
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,383,344
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author


Christopher J. Walker is a writer and author of Armenia: The Survival of a Nation.
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Table of Contents


Preface
• Map
• From Antiquity to Remotest Times
• A People Very Industrious in All Kind of Labour--John Cartwright & John Fryer
• The Theatre of Perpetual War--Jonas Hanway & Edward Gibbon
• It Was in Armenia that Paradise was Placed--Byron in Venice
• A Vast Solitude on the Grey and Wintry Plain--Sir Robert Ker Porter, Richard Wilbraham and James Brant
• A Healthy and a Hardy Race--James Morier and the Persian Armenians
• Would that You Would Love--An Armenian Lesson on the Heath
• The Groaning and Complaining of Neighbouring Quadrupeds: Armenian Village Life in the Ottoman Empire
• A Consciousness of Some Heavy Responsibility--Gladstone, the Duke of Argyll, Curzon, William Watson
• The Key of Truth: F.C. Conybeare and Armenian Studies
• To Strengthen an Ancient Church: the Anglican and Armenian Churches
• At the Moons Inn--Isabella Bird and Lucy Garnett
• A Vast Dome of Snow--H.F.B. Lynch
• Why Has the Tide of Civilization Paused?--Sir Edwin Pears and Noel Buxton
• Absolutely Premeditated and Systematic--H.H Asquith, Lord Bryce and Arnold Toynbee
• A Stable and Civilizing Force--W.E.D. Allen
• To Regain Their Self-respect by Useful Labour--Dr Armstrong Smith, Revd Harold Buxton and Dudley Northcote
• Between Three Worlds and an Adherent of None--Philip Marsden in New Armenia
• References
• Further Reading
• Index
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