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A remarkable view of how geopolitics affects ordinary people, this book documents, in words and pictures, the lives of Armenians in the last two decades. Based on intimate interviews with three hundred Armenians and featuring Jerry Berndt's superb photographs, it brings together firsthand testimony about the social, economic, and spiritual circumstances of Armenians during the 1980s and 1990s, when the country faced an earthquake, pogroms, and war. At times shocking and deeply emotional, Armenia: Portraits of Survival and Hope is a story of extreme suffering and hardship, a searching look at the fight for independence, and an exceptionally complex portrait of the human spirit.

A companion to the Millers' highly acclaimed work Survivors: An Oral History of the Armenian Genocide, which documented the genocide of 1915, this book focuses on four groups of people: survivors of the earthquakes that devastated northwestern Armenia in 1988; refugees from Azerbaijan who fled Baku and Sumgait because of pogroms against them; women, children, and soldiers who were affected by the war in Nagorno-Karabakh; and ordinary citizens who survived several winters without heat because of the blockade against Armenia by Turkey and Azerbaijan. The Millers' narrative situates these accounts contextually and thematically, but the voices of individuals remain paramount. The Millers also describe their personal experiences in repeated research trips, inviting us to look beyond the headlines and think beyond the circumstances of our own lives as they bring contemporary Armenia to life. A remarkable view of how geopolitics affects ordinary people, this book documents, in words and pictures, the lives of Armenians in the last two decades. Based on intimate interviews with three hundred Armenians and featuring Jerry Berndt's superb photographs, it brings together firsthand testimony about the social, economic, and spiritual circumstances of Armenians during the 1980s and 1990s, when the country faced an earthquake, pogroms, and war. At times shocking and deeply emotional, Armenia: Portraits of Survival and Hope is a story of extreme suffering and hardship, a searching look at the fight for independence, and an exceptionally complex portrait of the human spirit.

A companion to the Millers' highly acclaimed work Survivors: An Oral History of the Armenian Genocide, which documented the genocide of 1915, this book focuses on four groups of people: survivors of the earthquakes that devastated northwestern Armenia in 1988; refugees from Azerbaijan who fled Baku and Sumgait because of pogroms against them; women, children, and soldiers who were affected by the war in Nagorno-Karabakh; and ordinary citizens who survived several winters without heat because of the blockade against Armenia by Turkey and Azerbaijan. The Millers' narrative situates these accounts contextually and thematically, but the voices of individuals remain paramount. The Millers also describe their personal experiences in repeated research trips, inviting us to look beyond the headlines and think beyond the circumstances of our own lives as they bring contemporary Armenia to life.

Synopsis:

The first 20th century holocaust was against the thousands of innocent Armenians massacred by Turkish troops in the First World War. No soon as that war was over than most Armenians, if they were not forced under Turkish rule, became Soviet citizens. Then when they finally got their independence back after the end of the USSR, they found themselves involved in a bloody war with Azerbaijan. Few peoples have suffered as much as the Armenians in the past 20 years and a book like this is absolutely essential reading if we are to understand the people of the oldest continually Christian country in the world.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Massive Destruction

The 1988 Earthquake

2. Random Violence

Pogroms in Azerbaijan

3. Fighting for Survival

The War of Independence in Nagorno-Karabakh

4. Surviving the Winter

Paying the Price for Independence

5. "We Live with Hope"

Reflections on Conditions in Armenia

6. Concluding Reflections

The Meaning of Being Human

Epilogue

Ten Years after Independence

Appendix 1: Research Methodology

Appendix 2: Interview Guide

Appendix 3: List of Interviewees

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520929142
Subtitle:
Portraits of Survival and Hope
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Donald Earl Miller
Author:
Miller, Donald Earl
Author:
Lorna Touryan Miller
Author:
Miller, Lorna Touryan
Author:
Jerry Berndt
Author:
Berndt, Jerry
Subject:
History
Subject:
Armenians
Subject:
Photojournalism
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Individual Photographer
Subject:
Armenia
Subject:
Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, 1988-1994.
Subject:
Individual Photographers - General
Subject:
Armenia (Republic) - History - 1920-1991
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Photojournalism
Subject:
Middle East-Armenia
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20030915
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
197

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History and Social Science » World History » General
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Armenia: Portraits of Survival and Hope
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"Synopsis" by , The first 20th century holocaust was against the thousands of innocent Armenians massacred by Turkish troops in the First World War. No soon as that war was over than most Armenians, if they were not forced under Turkish rule, became Soviet citizens. Then when they finally got their independence back after the end of the USSR, they found themselves involved in a bloody war with Azerbaijan. Few peoples have suffered as much as the Armenians in the past 20 years and a book like this is absolutely essential reading if we are to understand the people of the oldest continually Christian country in the world.
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