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Visions of Ararat: Writings on Armenia

Visions of Ararat: Writings on Armenia
Christopher J. Walker

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Despite the great geographical gulf that separates them, Armenia and Europe have maintained links for many centuries - at least since the late Middle Ages when the King of Armenia travelled to London to try and reconcile the warring kingdoms of England and France. Since then, diverse travellers have written perceptively and affectionately of that far off, beautiful land and of a people who have shown great inner tenacity in the face of a difficult history. This anthology brings together the best writing on Armenia - accounts by travel writers, historians, soldiers, poets, painters and politicians. Each section is annotated and placed in context. The result is a lively and colourful picture of a resilient and resourceful people.

Table of Contents

  • "From the remotest times" - antiquity and the Middle Ages, "Beloved fellow-brother Leo" - early English contacts;
  • "a people very industrious in all kind of labour - John Cartwright and John Fryer;
  • "The theatre of perpetual war" - Jonas Hanway and Edward Gibbon;
  • "It was Armenia that paradise was placed" - Byron in Venice;
  • "A vast solitude on the grey and wintry plain" - Sir Robert Ker Porter, Richard Wilbraham and James Brant;
  • "A healthy and hardy race" - James Morier and the Persian Armenians;
  • "Would that you love me" - an Armenian lesson on the heath;
  • "The groaning and complaining of neighbouring quadrupeds" - Armenian village life in the Ottoman Empire;
  • "A consciousness of some heavy responsibility" - Gladstone, the Duke of Argyll, Curzon, William Watson;
  • the key of truth - F.C. Conybeare and Armenian studies;
  • "To strengthen an Ancient church" - the Anglican and Armenian churches;
  • "At the Moon's Inn" - Isabella Bird and Lucy Garnett;
  • "A vast dome of snow" - H.F.B. Lynch;
  • "Why has the tide of civilization paused?" - Sir Edwin Pears and Noel Buxton;
  • "Absolutely premeditated and systematic" - H.H. Asquith, Lord Bryce and Arnold Toynbee;
  • "A stable and civilizing force" - W.E.D. Allen;
  • "To regain their self-respect by useful labour" - Dr Armstrong Smith, Rev Harold Buxton and Dudley Northcote;
  • "Between three worlds and an adherent of none": Philip Marsden in New Armenia.

Author Info

Christopher J. Walker is a writer and author of Armenia: The Survival of a Nation.


'No matter how much an Armenian thinks that he knows of his history, he is certain to learn even more than he thought possible. Visions of Ararat should join his other two books on every Armenians' bookshelf'
Andrew Kevorkian, The Armenian Reporter, 16th July 2005.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781850438885
Publication Date: 26 May 2005
Number of Pages: 166
Height: 198
Width: 129
Illustrations: 1 map

ISBN: 9781860641114
Publication Date: 01 Mar 1997
Number of Pages: 220
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: map, further reading, index

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