Yerevan ? Professor Richard G. Hovannisian, chairholder in Modern Armenian History at UCLA, was publicly honored today on the occasion of the Armenian – language publication of the first volume of his four-part epic, entitled ?The Republic of Armenia: The First Year, 1918-1919.?
The event was organized by the National Academy of Sciences and the Writers? Union of Armenia, with support from the
The presentation brought together prominent specialists in Armenian studies, leading scholars and intellectuals, political and public figures, diplomats, and media representatives.
Held in the auditorium of the Writers? Union of Armenia, the program was opened by Academician Vladimir Barkhudarian, vice president of the National Academy of Sciences. ?There remain historical phenomena which call for further, deeper research. One such experience is the history of the first
The next speaker was chairman Levon Ananian of the Writers?
Volume One of ?The Republic of Armenia? was presented in detail by Professor Ashot Melkonian, director of the Academy?s
In his turn, Professor Babken Harutiunian, chairholder in Armenian History at
Raffi Hovannisian, founding director of ACNIS and
?Comprehensively researched and objectively presented, Richard Hovannisian?s authoritative account both gives cause for moments of historic pride and achievement and offers a record of losses and shortcomings which the new Armenia must avoid repeating. It is a valuable lesson of liberty and legitimacy, democracy and diplomacy, sovereignty and security, which must be drawn today?in the name of the
Also noteworthy were artistic contributions by literary expert Svetlana Khanumian and professor of theology Khoren Palian.
Finally, Richard Hovannisian took the floor and extended his deep appreciation to the organizers of the event, the scholars, intellectuals and everyone present, and acknowledged Vrezh Markosian, director of the Tigran Mets Publishing House, for his high-caliber production of the volume. Hovannisian shared vignettes from his childhood, his student years, and his four-decade quest for ?The Republic of Armenia.? A well-rounded understanding of the history of the First Republic, he said, will enable its modern-day heir to steer clear of mistakes and never place false hope in paper guarantees for security, which we have trusted on numerous historical occasions and suffered setbacks as a result.
The capacity crowd of assembled leaders, intellectuals, and students stood to express their appreciation of the work and its creator.
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1- Front cover of the first volume of the English version of “Republic”
2- Professor Richard Hovhannisian with media representatives.