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This is a 3000 year history of one of Europe's most fascinating and important peoples. Situated on the south-east coast of the Black Sea, Armenia has been a pivotal point between the forces of the east and of the west over most of its long history. That history has thus been very largely one of conquest by rival empires. In the classical period Armenia was conquered successively by the Persians, Seleucids and the Greeks (under Alexander). The flourishing of an independent and powerful Armenian society in the last three centuries before Christ was dissipated by successive invasions of Romans, Parthians and Persians. The conversion of Armenia to Christianity in AD 301 was the prelude to conquests first by Byzantium and then by the Arabs. The dissipation of Armenian culture continued through many centuries of subjugation under the Ottoman Empire and more recently as part of the Soviet Empire. Perhaps not surprisingly emigration from their troubled homeland has been a popular option among Armenians for at least the last 1,500 years. Armenian culture, as the author shows, has survived in enclaves throughout Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The book closes with a consideration of Armenia's first experience of independence after a gap of 1000 years. Redgate's vivid, analytical narrative is illustrated with numerous photographs and maps.
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Table of Contents

1. Origins. 2. Early History: The "Armenian" Environment c. 1165-590 BC. 3. Foreign Rule: Medes, Persians and Greeks, 590-190 BC. 4. Autonomy and Empires: Artaxias I to Tiridates I, 18 BC - 63 AD. 5. Arsacid Rule: Tiridates I - Tiridates IV, AD 66-AD 298/9. 6. The Establishment of Christianity and the End of the Monarchy, c. 300-c. 428. 7. Culture and Repression: Partitioned Armenia c. 428-c. 640. 8. Arab Rule and the Revival of Kingship, c. 640-884. 9. Kings and Migrants, 884 -c. 1071. 10. Armenians and Europe, to c. 1100 AD. 11. The Third Millennium 1071-1995. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

Anne Elizabeth Redgate was born in Lancashire and educated at Bolton School Girls' Division and St. Anne's College, Oxford. She is Lecturer in History at the University of Newcastle where she teaches early medieval history.


"The many virtues of the work are self--evident: illustrated by plentiful maps, handsomely produced and bibliographically comprehensive, the authoritative scholarly narrative and expert analysis on display is never less than impeccably professional." English Historical Review. "A broadly conceived introduction to the political and social history of Armenia ... this is a valuable book which fills a serious gap. It deserves a wide circulation among those interested in the early history of the Armenian people and their Church." Ecclesiastical History. "In this work, A. E. Redgate has brought to bear her considerable knowledge of history and her carefuul use of primary sources to provide us with a book which is learned, objective, well--argued, and eminently readable ... if a person could have only one book on Armenian history, this is the book." Canadian Journal of History

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