Red Flag at Ararat, The

(ISBN: 978-1-909382-02-2)
2012 London
132 pages
Size: 6" x 9"
Language(s): English

Originally printed in 1932, this book is a fascinating and rare account of the early years of the Soviet Armenian republic as seen through the eyes of a young Armenian-American woman, Aghavnie "Ave" Yeghenian. A graduate of Yale Law School and a committed New Deal Democrat, she was a social activist and a prominent member of the Armenian-American community. "This is not an exposition of Marxian theory and its workings," she writes, "neither does it pretend to be an account of the achievements of the Russian Revolution. I am not a serious student of political economy and it would be a pretension on my part to attempt to analyze a political experiment of such vast size and significance as the Russian Revolution. This is an account of one traveler s experiences. It is a personal account and consciously chosen to be such, for I am persuaded that no author, no matter how objective his approach, can be entirely impersonal at the present time in appraising the Soviet experiment." Witty, charming, fun, and insightful, her text fits into the broader category of the history of the Soviet Union. This new republication, released by the Gomidas Institute as part of the Sterndale Classics series in 2012, also features a new introduction by Pietro Shakarian, contextualizing the work for students, scholars, and general readers. It also includes a new glossary of place names, original cover art by the architect Zareh M. Sourian, a map, a depiction of the coat of arms of the Armenian SSR, and twelve photographs.

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