Armenian Kars and Ani

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(ISBN: 978-1-56859-157-5)
2011 Costa Mesa
430 pages
Size: 6" x 9"
Language(s): English

From early antiquity, the Armenian people developed a rich and distinctive culture on the great highland plateau extending from eastern Asia Minor to the Caucasus. On that crossroad, they interacted on many levels with civilizations of the Orient and Occident. Armenian Kars and Ani represents a departure from the preceding volumes in this series which have focused on the historic Western Armenian provinces, cities, and communities that were encompassed in the Ottoman Empire. In modern history, Kars and Ani were very much a part of Eastern or Russian Armenia, and, even after the Turkish border was pushed eastward again in the aftermath of World War I, the Russian and Caucasian influences in the region remained manifest in its urban planning and architecture and in its music, cuisine, and other forms of popular culture. Historically, Ani, lying along the right bank of the Akhurian (Arpachai) River in the great plain of Shirak, outshone Kars (Vanand) as the medieval Bagratuni/Bagratid kingdom’s last illustrious capital city, with its great walls and grand palaces and its fabled thousand and one churches. But Kars preceded Ani as the Bagratuni capital and, what was more, continued to exist as a regional administrative center long after the decline and ultimate abandonment of Ani. Hence, while the histories of the two neighboring Armenian cities are linked, they are also quite distinct. The UCLA conference series, “Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces,” is organized by the Holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History with the purpose of exploring and illuminating the historical, political, cultural, religious, social, and economic legacies of a people rooted for millennia on the Armenian highland. Armenian Kars and Ani is the tenth of the conference proceedings to be published. Scholars from various disciplines present the history and culture of the region across the centuries until its de-Armenianization between 1918 and 1921. Other volumes in this series include Armenian Van/Vaspurakan; Baghesh/Bitlis and Taron/Mush; Tsopk/Kharpert; Karin/Erzerum; Sebastia/Sivas and Lesser Armenia; Tigranakert/Diarbekir and Edessa/Urfa; Cilicia; Pontus—Trebizond-Black Sea Communities; and Constantinople. CHAPTER 1: The Legacy of Kars and Ani, by Richard G. Hovannisian CHAPTER 2: The Historical Geography of Ani and Kars, by Robert H. Hewsen CHAPTER 3: The Emergence of the Bagratuni Kingdoms of Kars and Ani, by Tim Greenwood CHAPTER 4: Medieval Chroniclers of Ani: Hovhannes, Samvel, and Mkhitar, by Robert W. Thomson CHAPTER 5: Vardan Anetsi’s Poem on the Divine Chariot and the Four Living Creatures, Tenth-Eleventh Centuries, by Theo Maarten van Lint CHAPTER 6: The Architect Trdat: From the Great Church at Ani to the Great Church at Constantinople, by Christina Maranci CHAPTER 7: Encircled by Time:The Church of the Savior, by Diane Favio CHAPTER 8: Ani after Ani, Eleventh to Seventeenth Century, by Claude Mutafian CHAPTER 9: Trade, Administration, and Cities on the Plateau of Kars and Ani, Thirteenth to Sixteenth Century, by Tom Sinclair CHAPTER 10: Kars in the Russo-Turkish Wars of the Nineteenth Century, by Christopher J. Walker CHAPTER 11: The Kars Oblast’, 1878-1918, by Ashot A. Melkonyan CHAPTER 12: Kars in the Armenian Liberation Movement, by Rubina Peroomian CHAPTER 13: The Contest for Kars, 1914-1921 , by Richard G. Hovannisian CHAPTER 14: Charents: Mourning the Loss of Kars, by Vartan Matiossian CHAPTER 15: G.I. Gurdjieff’s Spiritual Quest in Kars and Ani, by David Stephen Calonne CHAPTER 16: The Armenian Molokans of Karakala, by Joyce Keosababian Bivin CHAPTER 17: Kars-Ardahan and Soviet Armenian Irredentism, 1945-1946, by Robert O. Krikorian

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