A comprehensive introduction to the historical forces and recent social and political developments that have shaped today's Armenian people. With contributions from leading Armenian, American and European specialists, the book focuses on identity formation, exploring how the Armenians' perceptions of themselves and their place in the world are informed by their history, culture and present-day situation. The book also covers contemporary politics, economy and society, and relates these to ongoing debates over future directions for the Armenian people, both in the homeland and in the diaspora communities.
Notes on the Contributors List of Abbreviations List of Maps 1. Introduction: Armenia and the Armenians 2. Early Armenian Civilization 3. From Christianity to Modernity 4. Into the Modern Age: 1800-1913 5. Genocide and Independence, 1914-1921 6. Soviet Armenia, 1921-1991 7. Armenians in Diaspora 8. The Karabagh Conflict: From Soviet Past to Post-Soviet Uncertainty 9. Politics in Independent Armenia 10. Media and Democracy in Armenia 11. Economics and Social Development 12. Society in Transition: Armenia's Soviet Legacy and Post-Soviet Development 13. Homeland-Diaspora Relations and Identity Differences