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The First Republic of Armenia and Its Importance Today, an Evening with Dr. Hovannisian

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

Next year will mark forty-five years since the publication of the first volume of Richard G. Hovannisian’s magnum opus The Republic of Armenia, and the completion of its translation into Armenian.  The volumes stand as a foundational work for the study of modern Armenian history and a unique contribution to the field of Armenian Studies. 

Dr. Hovannisian will be speaking about the importance of the first Republic of Armenia on Thursday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Armenian Church of Belmont, 380 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA.

Covering the years 1918-1921 and drawing on a vast array of archival and published sources, Hovannisian’s work chronicles in painstaking detail the brief lifespan of the first independent Armenian state in more than half a millennium.  Although, as Hovannisian observed, “the historical moment was unpropitious for enduring Armenian freedom,” and when he wrote those words the existence of the present-day Republic was twenty years off, today we are afforded a different perspective and the time is right to reexamine those crucial few years of the First Republic’s existence.     

Richard G. Hovannisian is the author of Armenia on the Road to Independence, the four-volume history The Republic of Armenia, and has edited and contributed to more than thirty-five books including The Armenian Genocide in Perspective; The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times; Remembrance and Denial; Looking Backward, Moving Forward; The Armenian Genocide: Cultural and Ethical Legacies; and fourteen volumes of proceedings from the UCLA conference series “Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces.”  A member of the UCLA faculty since 1962, he was the first holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History, which is today renamed in his honor, and is presently an adjunct professor at USC, advising the Shoah Foundation on its Armenian Genocide testimony collection.

Copies of The Republic of Armenia and other of Prof. Hovannisian’s books will be available the night of the lecture.

Admission is free, and there will be a reception following the program.

The event is hosted by the National Association of Armenian Studies and Research, and co-sponsored by the Armenian Assembly of America, the Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts, the First Armenian Church of Belmont, and the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society.

For more information contact NAASR at 617-489-1610 or

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