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ARMENIA: A Journey Through History [Kindle Edition]

Arra Avakian
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Book Description

ARMENIA: A Journey Through History, a book by Dr. Arra S. Avakian, presents the reader a wealth of information about the Armenian people, their history, their significant events, their important places, and individuals who did much to make the Armenian nation what it is. The information is given in well over one hundred separate stories, each one complete in itself, concise, and easy to read and understand. Illustrations accompanying many of the vignettes lend extra vitality to the telling. Chapters Include: 1. The Land and its People, 2. Historical Events and Figures, 3. Mythology and Folklore, 4. Christianity and the Church, 5. Political Events, 6. Language and Literature, 7. Fine Arts, and 8. Other Contemporary Figures. In ARMENIA: A Journey Through History, Dr. Avakian has been able to put together an enormous amount of information. The work is highly accessible to both young and old, and is especially useful as a reference source and textbook. The individual short stories make the learning process more palatable especially to the young. Indeed, one who did not know anything about Armenia and Armenians, having read this book, could very well be considered somewhat of an expert on the topic.

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  • File Size: 7319 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The Electric Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AE3NA6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite revealing. October 13, 2006
This book is quite revealing.

It is indeed a case study.

Armenia's history takes us back to prehistoric times described in biblical literature as the Garden of Eden and Archaeologists discovered evidence it was one of the few sites of human existence.

In the third century, Armenia became the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion. All pagan subjects were converted following upon its ruler's (Tiridates III) adoption of Christianity with full regard to the Roman Empire.

The tug or power between Russia on the one hand and the Ottomans on the other brought the establishment of the first Armenian Republic encompassing lands previously ruled by Russia in the East and the Ottomans in the West.

There was a time of relative calm.


The Armenian Holocaust is tragic.

Over one million perished between 1915-1917 during the reign of the Young Turks.

The young Turks came to power five years before WWI and abolished the Caliphate and deposed Sultan Abdul Hamid.

((Gamal Pasha is one of their officers and in Lebanon he is always referred to as `The Butcher' for the bloody record he imprinted by hanging Syrians and Lebanese nationalists.))

The treaty of Sevres on August 10, 1920 promised the protection of the burgeoning state of Armenia by League of Nations.

When the Turkish National Movement took power, the treaty of Sevre was rejected.

In 1920 Armenia and Turkey fought each other.

The Armenians were defeated and their armies surrendered all their weapons (and lands) to the Turks..
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it! November 16, 2013
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This book is more focused on Armenian individuals throughout history than in the Armenian country, identity or so. It is theme-focused and the sections are small and descriptive. I wouldn't recommend it at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book October 25, 2013
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This is a great book whether you are knowledgable of the culture or not. It is written as if there are short stories throughout. It keeps your attention and gives you a variety of information. I bought a couple as gifts to others and kept one for myself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a systematic history, but interesting March 8, 2014
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This book is not a systematic history of Armenia and the author, while knowledgeable and a compelling writer, is not a trained historian. This book nevertheless contains a lot of good information.
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