NEAREAST 414 - Nationalities in the Ottoman Empire: The Rise and Demise of the Western Armenians
Fall 2016, Section 001
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Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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This course will outline the gradual transformation of the dispersed Armenian communities in what is now known as Turkey into a loosely united national entity, the western half of the Armenians, under the ecclesiastical administration of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople. Very large numbers of Armenians moved or were made to move westward into certain regions of Asia Minor following the Byzantine re-conquest of Armenia proper and the fall of the medieval Armenian kingdoms nearly a millennium ago. In one of these regions, Cilicia, the Armenians established a principality, later recognized as a kingdom (1075-1375). Many of the cultural, religious and social trends born in Cilicia were later developed in the Western Armenian tradition, especially as the Armenian bishopric in Constantinople evolved into a universal patriarchate for the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire. In addition to its religious authority, the Patriarchate assumed the social, cultural and political leadership of its flock, despite the challenges later posed by the concerns and aspirations of the Armenian political parties, Ottoman policies and reform, and European imperialism. It is against this background Armenian, Ottoman and otherwise, that this course will highlight urbanization, the institutions and the religious, literary, linguistic, social and cultural aspects of Western Armenian realities, as well as the political factors, that led to the coalescence of the Western Armenians, whether in Constantinople or Erzincan, Adana or Ankara, Erzurum and Van, and distinguished them in the Ottoman Empire and from the other, Eastern half of the Armenian people, under Persian and, later, Russian control. It is the story of the making of the unique Western Armenian society, culture and institutions from their beginnings in Cilicia to their destruction in WW I.

Course Requirements:

Attendance (10%) Participation/discussion assignments (10%) Two seven-page long term papers (40%) Two six-page long papers for take-home final (40%)

Intended Audience:

This course is for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students interested in Middle Eastern and Armenian history and culture.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly


NEAREAST 414 - Nationalities in the Ottoman Empire: The Rise and Demise of the Western Armenians
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