Bournoutian to Discuss Key Source on Karabagh in Early 1800s at NAASR

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BELMONT, Mass. — Prof. George Bournoutian will give a lecture, titled “The 1823 Russian Survey of the Karabagh Province: A Primary Source on Karabagh in the Early 19th Century,” on Thursday, March 1, at 8 p.m., at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Center, 395 Concord Ave. The lecture will be co-sponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), New England District, and NAASR.

Bournoutian’s newest publication is The 1823 Russian Survey of the Karabagh Province: A Primary Source on the Demography and Economy of Karabagh in the Early 19th Century (Mazda, 2011). The first translation of an extremely rare Russian publication, the survey provides a wealth of information about the demography and economy of Karabagh prior to its annexation by Russia.

The survey establishes definitively that Armenians formed the overwhelming majority (97 percent) of the population of Karabagh in 1822. The heavily-annotated translation was published with a grant from NAASR. The first printing has sold out and a second printing has just been released. The book will be on sale the night of the lecture.

Bournoutian is a professor of Eastern European and Middle Eastern History at Iona College, as well as a recipient of the IREX, NDEA and Mellon Fellowships. He has taught Armenian and Iranian history at UCLA and Columbia University. Moreover, he organized and taught the first Armenian history courses at the University of Connecticut, Glendale Community College, New York University, Ramapo College, Rutgers University and Tufts University.

Bournoutian is also the author of more than a dozen other volumes consisting of annotated English translations of primary sources in Armenian, Russian and Persian, with introductions, glossaries and indexes.

For more information, e-mail hq@naasr.org, or write to NAASR, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478.

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