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Post-Soviet Armenia
The New National Elite and the New National Narrative

ISBN 9780367230333
Published February 4, 2019 by Routledge
282 Pages

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Book Description

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenia has struggled to establish itself, with a faltering economy, emigration of the intelligentsia and the weakening of civil society. This book explores how a new national elite has emerged and how it has constructed a new national narrative to suit Armenia’s new circumstances. The book examines the importance of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan, considers the impact of fraught relations with Turkey and the impact of relations with other neighbouring states including Russia, and discusses the poorly-developed role of the very large Armenian diaspora. Overall, the book provides a key overview to understanding the forces shaping all aspects of present-day Armenia.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Armenia’s Political Elites?

3. Constructing and Deconstructing National Narrative

4. The Nerve or Armenian Politics – Nagorno-Karabakh

5. Turkey: Confronting the Past, Surviving the Present

6. Diaspora: Armenia’s Failed Marriage

7. Zero Axes

8. Conclusion

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Irina Ghaplanyan is an independent scholar and was formerly a lecturer at the American University of Armenia, Yerevan.