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Leadership of the First Republic

Richard Hovannisian

Richard Hovannisian looks back on the courage, sacrifice and dedication of Armenia’s first leaders.

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September 2016


Leadership of the First Republic

Dr. Richard Hovannisian describes the beginnings of the first independent Republic of Armenia at the end of WWI and the courage and dedication of its political leadership in the difficult circumstances in which it was formed.  In those crucial and trying first years, their commitment and loyalty to the nation ensured the survival of the Armenian state in the face of genocide, war and economic turmoil.  


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.