A Conceptual Method for Examining the Consequences of the Armenian Genocide

  • Rouben P. Adalian

Abstract

There are turning points in the history of every people, events so large and far-reaching that everyone eventually is touched, shaped or transformed by the experience. In due course, meaning is vested in the experience. Text and traditions are constructed around it and memory of it is passed down as a lasting legacy to succeeding generations. These epic moments come to form the milestones by which a people recognizes its history, establishes its identity and distinguishes itself from others. The birth of a nation, major conflicts, revolutions, events that transport a people from one cultural environment to another, from one stage of social development to another, from the assignation of one type of status to another, from one form of government to another, these constitute the subjects of historical change and national identity.

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Dust Assure Assimilation Boulder Toll 

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