Richard Hovannisian to Discuss First Republic of Armenia at Lecture in Belmont

Richard Hovannisian
Richard Hovannisian

BELMONT, Mass.—On Thurs., Dec. 3, Dr. Richard G. Hovannisian will present a lecture entitled, “The First Republic of Armenia and Its Importance Today,” at 7:30 p.m., at the First Armenian Church of Belmont, 380 Concord Ave., in Belmont. The lecture is sponsored and organized by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) and is co-sponsored by the Armenian Assembly of America, the Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts, the First Armenian Church, and the Hamazkayin Armenian Cultural and Educational Society.

Next year will mark 45 years since the publication of the first volume of Hovannisian’s magnum opus The Republic of Armenia, and the completion of its translation into Armenian. The volumes stand as a foundational work for the study of modern Armenian history and a unique contribution to the field of Armenian studies.

Covering the years 1918-21 and drawing on a vast array of archival and published sources, Hovannisian’s work chronicles in painstaking detail the brief lifespan of the first independent Armenian state in more than half a millennium. Although, as Hovannisian observed, “the historical moment was unpropitious for enduring Armenian freedom,” and when he wrote those words the existence of the present-day Republic was 20 years off, today we are afforded a different perspective and the time is right to reexamine those crucial few years of the First Republic’s existence.

Richard G. Hovannisian is the author of Armenia on the Road to Independence, the four-volume history The Republic of Armenia, and has edited and contributed to more than 35 books, including The Armenian Genocide in Perspective; The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times; Remembrance and Denial; Looking Backward, Moving Forward; The Armenian Genocide: Cultural and Ethical Legacies; and 14 volumes of proceedings from the UCLA conference series “Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces.” A member of the UCLA faculty since 1962, he was the first holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History, which is today renamed in his honor, and is presently an adjunct professor at USC, advising the Shoah Foundation on its Armenian Genocide testimony collection.

A reception at NAASR and the Bookstore will follow the program. Copies of The Republic of Armenia and other books by Hovannisian will be available the night of the lecture.

For more information, contact NAASR by calling (617) 489-1610 or e-mailing


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