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Armenia After World War I

Richard Hovannisian

An overview of the defining historical events that shaped Armenia in the immediate aftermath of WWI.

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September 2020


Armenia After World War I

Dr. Richard Hovannisian considers the geopolitical environment and major historical events that shaped Armenia in the immediate aftermath of World War I. The rise of Turkish nationalism in the wake of Ottoman Empire’s defeat, the unfulfilled promise of the Treaty of Sèvres to return historical lands to Armenia, and lingering territorial conflicts would eventually lead to the dissolution of Armenia’s first independent republic. What followed were seventy years of Soviet rule before Armenia could again reclaim its autonomy, declaring a new independent republic on September 21, 1991.

Produced by AGBU WebTalks in partnership with the Zoryan Institute.


Dr. Richard Hovannisian is Professor Emeritus of History and First Holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA, the author or contributing editor of 32 books, including five volumes on the first Republic of Armenia and five volumes on the Armenian Genocide, together with some 80 scholarly articles. A Guggenheim Fellow, he is the initiator and six-time president of the Society for Armenian Studies, established in 1974, and has lectured worldwide on topics relating to Armenian and Near Eastern history and cultures, for which he has received numerous awards, commendations, and encyclicals.


Topics: Genocide History