–ефераты. Pogroms in Azerbaijan and Armenia of 1988-89 As Historical Echo of the 1915 Armenian Genocide (ѕогромы в јзербайджане и јрмении 1988-89 как историческое эхо 1915 јрм€нского √еноцида)

Pogroms in Azerbaijan and Armenia of 1988-89 As Historical Echo of the 1915 Armenian Genocide (ѕогромы в јзербайджане и јрмении 1988-89 как историческое эхо 1915 јрм€нского √еноцида)

The intended question to be posed in this essay relates to the Armenian

Genocide of 1915 and its evident connection to the massacres of Armenian

minority in Azerbaijan in 1988-89. The path I have chosen to answer this

question leads throughout the history of Genocide in 1915. Hence, the

tragedy at the outset of the twentieth century provoked the slaughter of

the same prosecuted ethnical minority by the same perpetrating ethnic

majority only seventy years later.

According to the theory introduced by sociologist Alfred Schults, any

event by its own nature has no meaning. His view is that a meaning is

something ascribed to events or objects and is based on two concepts

functioning evenly: the sediment of past experience and another one

projected in future. These two factors establish what he calls the system

of relevances that enables to interpret a current even out of dual

perspective based on past and future.[1] By all means this theory is

applicable to massacre of 1915 and the pogroms in 1988. The outlined

parallels between the two series of events denote a much more disastrous

circumstance under which all the Armenian population in Azerbaijan was

jeopardized by Уthe Turks.Ф In this case the SchutzТs theory indicates

that the significance of past events (the various massacres and genocide)

became evident in interpretation of the pogroms that occurred in 1988-


No crime carries as much destruction and cruelty as genocide. It aims at

loss of ethnic identity of a victimized party. Genocide intends not just

to kill, maim, or violate people; the ultimate purpose is to deprive the

victim of its future as a strong national entity. Any massive crime has

impact on contemporary and/or possible prospective relations of the victim

and the perpetrator on global political arena. One well-documented massive

crime against humanity is the Armenian Genocide of 1915 when number of

casualties was estimated from 600 000 to 2 000000 people. The bloody event

in history of Armenia caused not only human loses, but deprived Armenia

partially of ancestral territory.

On the 9th of December 1948, the United Nations adopted the Genocide

Convention, compiling the following definition in Article II:

In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following facts

committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national,

ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

a) Killing members of the group;

b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated

to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

The definition of genocide accepted by United Nations has caused a great

deal of controversy, for it excluded social and political groups.

Thereafter, in the 1980Тs Helen Fein developed a broader and more profound

definition of genocide, from which she excluded killing as a mandatory

attribute of warfare, and on the opposite, included groups being persecuted

based on their social and political belonging:

Genocide is a sustained purposeful action by a perpetrator to

physically destroy a collectivity directly or indirectly, through

interdiction of the biological and social reproduction of group members,

sustained regardless of the surrender or lack of threat offered by the


In the case of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 the governmental atrocity

against its own people wasnТt specified anywhere in the scrolls of

International Law. It contained certain regulations on account of a

civilian, noncombatant population during wartime, but this incident became

first of its kind for which international law had no stipulation. When the

legislative definition of genocide was accepted by the United Nations in

1948, it turned out to be that Armenian genocide fell under each of the

five categories of it.[4] Although the pogroms in Sumgait and Baku of 1988-

90 resemble more the pogroms in Ottoman Empire in 1890Тs rather than actual

genocide which occurred in 1915 and culminated in 1921 in the fight and

expulsion of survivors who returned to Celicia, the analogy between 1915

and 1988-90 is apparent.

Armenians were a minority population in both Azerbaijan and Turkey,

thus clearly identifiable for persecution. Armenians were more upwardly

mobile than the majority population, hence creating the possibility of

potential social conflict. The overarching political conditions were

unstable in both the Soviet Union and the Ottoman Empire Ц revolutionary

change often being a prerequisite of genocide. Armenians were scapegoated

for political events outside the borders of the country in which they were


Armenian genocide is one of the first genocide of the twentieth

century. It became a model for the УpoliticalФ type of genocide. The

majority of the current genocides followed this pattern.

In order to examine to what degree the Genocide of 1915 is related to

the pogroms in Azerbaijan in 1988-90 some history of Armenians is to be


Armenians have populated the highland region between the Black,

Caspian and Mediterranean seas for centuries long. This area presented a

crossroad between East and West. As a result of the geographic location

Armenia wasnТt govern by its own dynasties constantly. The state has

experienced direct foreign rule as well as paying fees to the surrounding

states. Besides the geography, Armenia had another disadvantage. It was

the only Christian state surrounded by Muslim entities, this aspect kept

Armenia apart from others. Such distinct difference referred Armenians as

second-class citizens after the Ottoman Empire annexed the territory that

had molded ancient and medieval Armenian kingdoms, in the sixteenth

century. The Ottoman Empire established on its territory confessional-

based Muslim, Jewish, Greek Orthodox, and Armenian millets. Through these

establishments the Ottoman administrative system legalized the social

inequality within a structure of the society. The millet system enabled

Armenians to preserve their cultural-religious identity, but kept them

politically and militarily inefficacious. Armenians didnТt pose any threat

onto the multinational, unequal society and retained in accord to certain

degree with the dominant Muslim millet as long as they paid the tributes to

the government and remained politically inactive.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries a wind of changes came

across the Ottoman Empire and caused external challenges and internal

instability. Incapable of competing with the West economically and

military, the ruling authority lost a number of provinces and ended up in

debt. Such immediate breakdown of law and consequent venality fractured

the foundations of Ottoman multinational society. Due the increasing

threats to continued existence of the Ottoman Empire, the sultans, under

the pressure of Great Britain, launched a program of remodeling that broke

away from the traditional sociopolitical theocracy.

The tanzimat period, stretching from 1839 to 1876, was designed to

commence theoretical equality of all Ottoman subjects. However, while the

decree went into power, the system of millets maintained, and the equality

within it correspondingly. During the political internal and external

torments Armenians endeavored to uphold and to follow the reforms in order

to secure life and property. They had no intentions to develop a task of

separation or acquiring independence from the Ottoman Empire.

Then followed the Russian-Turkish War, in which Turkey lost severely.

The military and diplomatic failure of the sultan Abdul-Hamid II attributed

to the break away of the most of Balkan provinces. Thus, the attention of

the European community was drawn to the УArmenian Question.Ф However, the

fact of European protectorate, explicitly expressed verbally in regard to

the domestic policy of the crumbling Ottoman Empire only aggravated the

condition of Armenians in Turkey. ArmeniansТ quest for security and

equality resulted in brutal pogroms ordered by Abdul-Hamid, which were

carried out by armed Kurdish brigands in almost every province inhabited by

Armenians. The ultimate purpose of Abdul-Hamid wasnТt to exterminate the

Armenian population, but rather to point out that they have to follow the

policies of the Ottoman Empire. Particularly, to look up at Europe was a

forbidden act. His successors aimed at creating an entirely

socionationalistic frame of the state, free from Armenians, rather than

just preserving a political status quo.[6] The only way to achieve the

goal was to whip out the entire Armenian population from the Ottoman Empire


In early 1913 the Young Turk government was overthrown by its

militaristic and nationalistic wing, with Enver, Taalat, and Jemal Pashas

in head of it. This threesome involved the country into WWI as the ally of

Germany. Later in 1915 the same government outlined and put into effect a

plan for the elimination of Armenians, estimated between two and three

millions subjects. The plan was carried out in phases. In April 1915

people represented the Armenian religious, political, educational, and

intellectual authority in the Western tradition, variously one thousand

individuals, were jailed throughout the entire Empire, and consequently

killed within few days. The next phase consisted of liquidation of the

young male adult population, which mainly were recruits of the Turkish

army. The number approximated 200,000. They were purged through mass

burials, incineration, executions and weakness in labor battalions. The

leftovers of those who survived those phases were primarily children, women

and aged people. All of them were to be deported to distant regions of

Empire. Within six months of deportation half of those who survived first

two phases were killed, buried alive or thrown into the sea or the rivers

along the way.[7]

The murder of Armenians was characterized like the war against

Entente, as a jihad or holy war. Throughout the Empire it became illegal

to assist the survivors. The governmental decree established a penalty for

everyone who broke the law, which was to hang those who were helping

Armenians in front of their own house; the house was to be burnt.[8] Yet,

history records the removal of some governors from the office for the

resistance to the supreme order. Many Kurds and Arabs throughout Empire

were saving the refugees. The outcome of the genocide was catastrophic.

Out of two to three million Armenians in Western Armenia, a million and a

half perished during the massacres. Thousands of those who escaped the

purge and fled to Russian Armenia died because of starvation that had been

dwelling in Russia after the WWI. Those Armenians, who converted to Islam

and remained within Ottoman Empire borders never regained the status of

citizens and lost the ability to retain a sense of religious or national

identity. [9]

The history of the massacres in Nagornyi Karabakh and Baku took the

following path.

The survivors of the genocide have been affected by a deep

psychological shock, caused by the pathos and negligence that the European

community attributed to the Armenian Question on the brink of the twentieth

century, and Turkish endeavor to deny the crime. Once the horror seemed to

be over, a totalitarian and oppressive, yet protective system of the Soviet

Union gave guarantee to its subjects to prevent any external attack or

invasion, or in a case of such to defense. ArmeniaТs fear of Turks has

almost vanished, even though neighboring Azeris by their culture, group

language and historical background belonged to Turks. Armenia had to

barter its right to seek justice and the recognition of the Genocide for

the security provided by the USSR. This illusion of peace and fear-free

life crashed in 1988. The aura of the past became vivid again. It

occurred after the doctrines of Mikhail Gorbachev on glasnostТ and

perestroika became an essential part on sociopolitical aspects of the

domestic policy. The president of the USSR declared that the time had come

to correct past errors of the Stalin era. The message seemed to be

addressed directly to the Armenian population of Armenia and Nagornyi

(Mountainous) Karabakh, for despite the prevailing percentage of Armenian

population located in Karabakh, the administration of this region was

conferred upon Azerbaijan by the central government in 1921.[10]

Since late nineteenth century and especially after 1915 nationalism

has been on a wave amongst Armenians. This preoccupying doctrine of

Уbiological survival, identity, and nationalityФ became the dominant

argument for trading-off national independence in 1920 to Soviets, aiming

thus, to escape another assault by the Kemalist Turks. However, the

protectorate of the Soviet government employed brutality and violence

towards the new republic. It led to an uprising in Armenia against Soviet

system in February 1921. However, the revolt was suppressed by Bolshviks,

and later on the territory was attached to the republic of Azerbaijan

populated primarily by ShiТite Moslem Turks. In 1923, the Karabakh region

was defined as the УAutonomous Region of Mountainous Karabakh,Ф the

population was 94 percent Armenian at that time, and it was 75 percent

Armenian in 1988.[11]

The conflict over Nagornyi Karabakh didnТt come about overnight.

Nationalism and feeling of insecurity drove Armenians to petition to the

Soviet Supreme for unification of Armenia with Nagornyi Karabakh, however,

the central government didnТt take into consideration any of the appeals.

Granted Karabakh to Azerbaijan wasnТt the only legacy of Sovietization.

Some other factors contributed to the development of conflict over years.

First, all referrals to the genocide were prohibited from 1920 to 1965,

second, the Soviet dictatorial regime caused fragmentation of society,[12]

third, despite all the efforts Soviet rule failed to achieve itТs objective

of Уethnic symbiosis.Ф [13] Every time when there was a change in

leadership of central state government Armenia reasserted itТs national

ambition and longing for re-unification with Nagornyi Karabakh. This issue

involved all aspects of the Armenian national predicament: Karabakh is

governed by Azerbaijan, viewed by Armenians as the traditional enemy

Turkey, the population is experiencing various discrimination and is

coerced to migrate, the question of preserving cultural identity is

crucial, and economic issues are arising.[14]

During brutal decades of Stalin regime the movement for the

reunification of Karabakh was almost out of question, for any revolts were

put down immediately, and those found guilty were punished severely.

However, from 1956 till 1961, during Khrushchev rule, when his УThawФ

policy was enforced as a key of foreign and domestic policies, the

reassertion of the Armenian claim began to unfold again and acquire support

from Armenian Diaspora in the West. In 1965, the fiftieth anniversary of

the genocide was marked by demonstrations in Armenia. Demonstrators made

it clear that their top priorities were the reunification with Karabakh and

establishment of a monument into commemoration of the genocide. The

monument was built, yet the petition for the reunification was declined


Then began Gorbachev era, during which the Уnationality questionФ

became a sensitive issue not only in Armenia and Azerbaijan. The history

of the conflict proved that it didnТt develop suddenly, however it

escalated as a nationality problem in a multinational state during periods

of crisis or sociopolitical changes in ideology and a governmental

structure. Preceding 1987 Gorbachev didnТt approach the problems with

ethnic groups within USSR from ethno-psychological perspective, which was

perceived as an interfering element for a functioning economic

internationalism.[16] Instead, he identified the nationality question with

the Уtotal economic complex,Ф with Уnational distribution of resources,Ф

and Уintra-national division of laborФ in the Soviet Union.[17]

When the conflict broke out, Gorbachev had to accept the failure of

his affirmation of the Уnational question, which has been basically

solved,Ф that he made himself three months earlier. As the conflict was

growing more complicated, Gorbachev referred the Karabakh crisis as the

outcome of local mafia disagreements.[18] Soviet central government

refused to take any actions towards solving the conflict when it still was

at a negotiable stage. However, lack of competency and willingness not to

let bloodshed to begin caused first pogroms of anti-Armenian nature in

Sumgait, an industrial city of Azerbaijan. The same governmental

negligence led to liquidation of thousands of Armenians in Turkey in the

early twentieth century.

On 12 and 13 February 1988, the district councils of Mountainous

Karabakh adopted a resolution that called for a meeting of the Regional

Council of Deputies of Mountainous Karabakh for the purpose of examining

the issue of reunification. On the 21st, this council voted in favor of

reunification by a large majority, providing a legal basis for Armenian


The massacres that took place on February 28-29 brought in tragedy and

interrupted the peaceful events. A few dozens of Armenians according to

official records, were killed by Azerbaijanis in the industrial city of

Sumgait, although estimates range is as high as two hundreds. The

percentage of the Armenian population estimated less that 10% of all

inhabitants of Sumgait. During the night of 27 February several hundreds

of Azerbaijanis armed with weapons and flammable liquids raped, tortured

and burned alive victims after beatings and torments. There were hundreds

of wounded who became invalids. The rapes included rapes of underage

girls. More than two hundreds houses were destroyed and robbed;

automobiles owned by Armenians were burnt or smashed. Thousands of

refugees fled to Armenia and Russia.[20]

The past became present. Such words as Уpogroms,Ф Уmassacres,Ф and

even УgenocideФ became current vocabulary words in the turbulence of the

events. This provoked resurrection of memories and implied immediate,

direct analogy with the Genocide of 1915. The Azerbaijanis related by

race, language, and culture to the Turks were perceived by Armenians as the

same savage executors who carried out the genocide of 1915.[21]

There were traced some indirect evidences that led Armenian community

to suspect Azerbaijani governmental authority being involved in these


1. During the days preceding 27 February, the Third Party Secretary of Baku

personally participated in several violently anti-Armenian television


2. Some Azerbaijanis in Sumgait, knowing the massacres were coming three

days before the 27th, warned some Armenians of their fate.

3. Piles of rocks were delivered beforehand by trucks to the outskirts of

the Armenian quarters.

4. The killers were brought to Sumgait in special coaches and vans.

5. Telephone lines linking Sumgait and the outside world were cut before

the killings.

6. Soviet soldiers stood aside for three days, doing nothing to put a stop

to the massacres.

The indifference of Moscow towards the massacres was expressed clearly by

giving no orders to Azerbaijani government and Soviet troops that were

located precisely on the boarder of Armenia and Azerbaijan to stop the

violence. Is it a repetition of what Turkish government did against

Armenians who were a subject of Ottoman Empire in 1915? There was no

explicit approval from the Kremlin on measures Azerbaijanis took against

Armenian population, yet there was no immediate response to it either. The

official record displayed 32 deaths for the three days of the outrage;

however, during the entire year of 1988, the case didnТt take place in

court. As the memories of the genocide became vivid the Azerbaijani

authorities played with this psychological trauma caused many years ago and

passed into a new stage of fear by letting Armenians know they had gone too

far and, thus jeopardizing those who reside in territories governed by


By November and then aggravating in December 1988, pogroms started to

spread in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The attitude towards Armenian

population rapidly began to decline after Sumgait pogroms with only

periodic help from the Soviet Army. Breaks out of hostility and hatred

were directed even at religious objects. The Armenian Cathedral in Baku

was burned. On December 5, 1989, crowds of Azeris started threatening

Armenian population. Gangs of young Azerbaijanis (age range was 16-30),

carrying the Turkish flag stopped buses, checked IDТs of passengers and

after tracking down an Armenian they would pull a person out of a bus and

beat him/her (!) up, regardless of age of the victim. Such violence and

cruelty are not easy to understand, for Armenians and Azerbaijanis were

living in peace and harmony prior to the events. The perpetrators

apparently were given the implicit approval from the Azerbaijani government

in regards to Armenians. Azereis were granted with right to do whatever

they wanted with Armenian population. In stores if a sales person

suspected in a customer an Armenian, a clerk would refuse to sell bread to

that person. And the more harming assaults are not even to mention. They

raped young pregnant women and older women, torturing and outraging them;

Azeris poured their victims with gasoline and burned them. The entire city

seemed infected by hysteria. On the day of the earthquake in Armenia

Azerbaijanis were jumping up and down in celebration of the catastrophe,

rejoicing over sufferings of other humans. Only on January 19, 1990, a

state of emergency was declared and 20 000 Soviet troops were dispatched to

put down the riots again the Armenian population of Azerbaijan.[23]

Many Armenians made a direct analogy between events in Azerbaijan and

1915 in Turkey. Armenians living in Baku and Sumgait were assimilated with

the native population. Intermarriages were popular and well accepted by

people. Most Armenians living in Azerbaijan sent their children to Russian

schools, and therefore, the primarily spoken language was Russian even at

homes. Hence, the history of Armenia was more known from books and family

memories rather than through official teaching. Therefore, how can be

explained hasty leaving by 350 000 Armenians their homes, possessions and

lifetime memories except that they feared the old scenario to be played

again. The pogroms left houses in Armenian quarters of Baku ravaged,

however, the massacres of 31 people in Sumgait and 160 in Baku (according

to official records, though the number might be underestimated) is a

relatively small number. Hence, the explanation for such massive reaction

of Armenians can be found in a historical memory that led to conviction

that Armenians refused to be scapegoats again. There is a palpable

parallel between sociopolitical status of Armenians in Azerbaijan and

Armenian in Turkey on the eve of slaughtering. In both cases Armenians

were a prosperous element of the society they lived in, however, they were

in minority, thus obviously suitable for any kind of persecution.

Ironically, but pogroms and killings in Sumgait and Baku as well as the

compulsory migration of Armenians to Armenia and Russia might have

prevented a second cycle of genocide against Armenian population.[24]

Some aspects in analogy between 1915 and 1988-90 donТt fit the large

scaled picture, compiled of both tragic periods of the Armenian history.

However, some parallels are obvious. For example, deprivation of basic

essentials and lack of even first necessities present during the blockade

against the Republic of Armenia and while deportation of Armenians was

carried out in Ottoman Empire. Also, the sadistic tortures against

Armenian population took place in both Sumgait-Baku massacres and the

genocide. Moreover, there is an ideology and attitude of perpetrators in

both cases played an important role. There were cases in Turkey where

officials refused to follow the orders of the central government and to

carry out execution of innocent people and many Turks hid their Armenian

neighbors in their houses, thus saving their lives. The same way some

Azerbaijanis treated Armenians, as interviews with survivors testify.

However, the overwhelming majority of Azerbaijanis and Turks celebrated

festively deaths of Armenians, and that was common in both cases.

Although, the pogroms in Sumgait and Baku resemble more the pogroms

of the late nineteenth century rather than the genocide of 19154, yet the

methodology and ultimate purpose were figuring as major aspects of

projecting the genocide of 1915 to massacres in 1988-90. The political

environment was also an important element of the turmoil, for if Armenians

didnТt side with Russians in the early twentieth century and if Armenians

didnТt claim reunification with Karabakh in the late nineteenth century,

all of the bloodshed would have not, perhaps, take place at all. [25]

The Karabakh crisis reveal much about the transgenerational

psychological impact of genocide. In the best of circumstances, the trauma

persists for decades, even generations and manifests itself in a very

unexpected way. The trauma is clearly compounded when the perpetrators are

left unpunished, when there are no acts of contrition or indemnification,

and when external society or governments find it inexpedient to join in

remembrance. Historical memory forcefully shapes contemporary outlook. The

past is present[26].


[1] Alfred Schultz, УThe Phenomenology of the Social WorldФ (Evanston,

Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1967)

[2] Donald E. Miller ,УThe Role of Historical Memory in Interpreting events

in the Republic of Armenia,Фin Richard G. Hovanessian (ed.) УRemembrance

and DenialФ (Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State University Press, 1998) p.187

[3] Frank Chalk УRedefining Genocide,Ф ed. George J. Andreopulos Genocide:

Conceptual and Historical Dimensions (Philadelphia, University of

Pennsylvania Press, 1994) pp. 48-50.

[4] Richard G Hovanessian УEtiology and Sequelae of the Armenian GenocideФ

ed. George J. Andreopulos Genocide: Conceptual and Historical Dimensions

(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994) pp.111-112

[5] Donald Miller УThe role of Historical Memory in Interpreting Events in

the republic of Armenia,Ф ed. Richard G. Hovanessian Remembrance and Denial

(Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 1998) p. 197

[6] R. G. Hovanissian УEtiology and Sequelae of the Armenian Genocide,Ф ed.

G.J. Andreopulus Genocide: Conceptual and Historical Dimensions

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania University Press, 1994) pp.117-121

[7] Gerald J. Libardian УThe Ultimate Repression: The Genocide of the

Armenians, 1915-1917Ф in I. Walliman and M. Dobkowski (ed.) Genocide and

the Modern Age (Westport, Connecticut, Grrenwood Press, 1987) p. 204

[8] Ibid., p. 205

[9] Ibid., pp. 204-206

[10] Richard G. Hovanissian УEtiology and Sequelae of the Armenian

Genocide,Ф G.J. Andreopulus (ed.) Genocide: Conceptual and Historical

DimensionsФ (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania University Press, 1944) p. 115

[11] Pierre Verluise Armenia in Crisis, The 1988 Earthquake (Detroit, Wayne

State University Press, 1995) p. 82

[12] Pierre Verluise Armenia in Crisis, The 1988 Earthquake, (Michigan,

Wayne State University Press, 1995) p.82

[13] Alexander Benigsen УThe Caucasian FuseФ, Arabies, nos. 19-20

(July/August 1988)

[14] Pierre Verluise Armenia in Crisis, The 1988 Earthquake, (Michigan,

Wayne State University Press, 1995) pp. 82-83

[15] Pierre Verluise Armenia in Crisis, The 1988 Earthquake (Detroit, Wayne

State University Press) p.83

[16] Uwe Halbach УAnatomy of an Escalation: The Nationality QuestionФ,

Federal Institute for Soviet and International Studies (ed.) The Soviet

Union 1988-1989, Perestroika in Crisis? (San Francisco, Westview Press,

1990) p.73

[17] Pr, 8 February 1986

[18] Uwe Halbach УAnatomy of Escalation: The Nationality QuestionФ, Federal

Institute for Soviet and International Studies (ed.) The Soviet Union 1988-

1989, Perstroika in Crisis? (San Francisco, Westview Press, 1990) p. 74

[19] Pierre Verluisse Armenia in Crisis, The 1988 Earthquake (Detroit,

Wayne State University, 1995) p. 86

[20] Donald E. Miller УThe Role of Historical Memory in Interpreting Events

in the Republic of ArmeniaФ Richard G. Hovannisian (ed.) Remembrance and

Denial (Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 1998) p. 191

[21] Richard G. Hovannisian УEtiology and Sequelae of the Armenian

GenocideФ, G. Andreopoulos (ed.) Genocide: Conceptual and Historical

Dimensions (Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press,1994) p.116

[22] Pierre Verluise Armenia in Crisis, The 1988 Earthquake (Detroit, Wayne

State University Press, 1995), p. 89

[23] Donald E. Miller УThe Role of Historical Memory in Interpreting Events

in the Republic of ArmeniaФ, Richard G. Hovannisian (ed.) Remembrance and

Denial: The Case of Armenian Genocide (Detroit, Wayne State University

Press, 1998) pp. 192-195

[24] Ibid., pp. 196-197

[25] Ibid., pp. 197-199

[26] Richard G. Hovannisian УEtiology and Sequelae of the Armenian

GenocideФ, George J. Andreopoulos (ed.) Genocide: Conceptual and Historical

Dimensions (Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press,1994) p.117

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