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Armenian Van/Vaspurakan

Series: UCLA Armenian History & Culture Series 1
Availability: Out of stock
Published: 2000
Page #: xii + 308
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-130-6
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Quick Overview

From early antiquity, the Armenian people developed a rich and distinctive culture on the great highland plateau in eastern Asia Minor. On that crossroad, they interacted on many levels with civilizations of the Orient and Occident. The continuity of Armenian life in this historic homeland was brought to an abrupt end as the result of war and genocide in the early decades of the twentieth century.

The UCLA conference series, “Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces,” has been organized to explore the historical, political, cultural, religious, social, and economic legacy of a people rooted on the Armenian Plateau for three millennia.

ArmenianVan/Vaspurakan is the first of the conference proceedings to be published, in view of the fact that the area around Lake Van is the cradle of Armenian civilization.

Scholars from various disciplines present the story of Armenian Van from beginning to end. Among other regions to be featured in subsequent volumes in this series are Taron-Turuberan/Mush and Baghesh/Bitlis; Tsopk/Kharpert; Karin/Erzerum; Sebastia/Sivas; Tigranakert/Diarbekir and Edessa/Urfa; and Cilicia.

author

Richard G. Hovannisian

Richard G. Hovannisian is Professor of Armenian and Near Eastern History and First Holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a Chancellor’s Fellow at Chapman University, and an Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Southern California for work with the Shoah Foundation. A native of California, he received his B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D. in history from UCLA. A member of the UCLA faculty since the 1960s, he organized both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Armenian history and served as the Associate Director of UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies from 1978 to 1995. Professor Hovannisian is a Guggenheim Fellow and has received many honors for his scholarship, civic activities, and advancement of Armenian studies. He is a founder and six-time president of the Society for Armenian Studies and has published thirty books and numerous scholarly articles, including 5 volumes on the Armenian Genocide and 13 volumes by Mazda Publishers on historic Armenian cities and provinces in the Ottoman Empire.

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