Past and Present in the Making of National Identity
Routledge – 2004 – 256 pages
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
Edmund Herzig is a Senior Lecturer in Persian Studies at the University of Manchester. He is an expert on the history and politics of the Middle East and the Caucasian region. His many writings include Iran and the Soviet South and The New Caucasus. He is the author of The New Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
Marina Kurkchiyan is a Fellow in Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford, specialising in the post-communist transition in Armenia, Russia and Ukraine. Her empirical research focuses on social policy and the informal economy. Her publications include Economic Crime in Russia and Law and Informal Practices. She co-edited Law and Informal Practices: The Post-Communist Experience and Economic Crime in Russia.