Category «History»

Aytsemnik – Armenian Warrior and Military Leader

Aytsemnik – Armenian Warrior

Aytsemnik’s character is extremely important in Armenian history and ideology. In the Soviet years, the study of her heroic biography was part of the school curriculum. Unfortunately, at the moment, interest in her figure has waned. And this threatens oblivion to her not only as an interesting historical person but also as an example of …

Video Chronology of the History of Armenia

Video Chronology of the History of Armenia

Someone did an excellent job making the chronology of the territory of Armenia throughout different historical periods and ruling dynasties. I have always felt the need for such a compilation which could make it possible to quickly clarify the ruler and the territory in a given period of the history of Armenia. It is a …

Adana – History of the Historical Armenian City

Adana – History

Modern Adana is among the ranks of the developing cities in Turkey. It is unlikely that its current residents know the true history of the city which was one of the main settlements of Cilicia and until the 1930s played an exceptional role in the lives of the Armenians of Cilicia. Even after the massacres, …

The Special Armenian Shock Division of Andranik Ozanyan

The Special Armenian Shock Division

The Special Shock Division, otherwise known as the Special Armenian Infantry Division, the Armenian Special Division, or the Western Armenian Division, was an irregular military unit under the command of Andranik Ozanyan consisting mainly of Armenians. The Special Shock Division was formed on December 22, 1917, by order of the Russian commander-in-chief in the Caucasus …

The Mass Exodus and its Consequences for the Fate of Armenian Karabakh – 1806

The Mass Exodus and its Consequences

The process of changing the ethnic composition in historic Armenian territories affected Karabakh (Artsakh) later than other Armenian lands since the Karabakh meliks (princes) had retained their semi-independent position within the Persian state. The attitude of Persia towards the Armenians was fundamentally different from that of the Ottoman authorities in Western Armenia and the newly-arrived …

The Armenian Legion in the French Armed Forces

The Armenian Legion

The French Armenian Legion was a military unit and a foreign legion within the armed forces of France. It was established under the 1916 French-Armenian agreement for the purpose of the national liberation struggle. In exchange for support in its struggle against the Ottoman Empire, France promised to grant autonomy to the Armenians of Cilicia. …

Monastery of Kusanats-Anapat – Avetaranots Village

Monastery of Kusanats-Anapat

Among the monuments of the village of Chanakhchi (Avetaranots) in Shusha district, the Kusanots (Kusanats-anapat) monastery is of particular interest. It is located southwest of the village on a steep cape. The monument from the west was fortified with a massive fence, from which only a few sections of dilapidated towers remain. From the inscription …

The History of the David Sasunsky Tank Regiment – 1943

The History of the David Sasunsky

The David Sasunsky (David of Sasun) was a tank regiment formed during the Great Patriotic War (the Soviet theater of WWII) with funds raised by the Armenian Diaspora and transferred to the 119th separate tank regiment that fought in the Second Ukrainian Front. The regiment was named in honor of the character of the medieval …

The Armenian-Georgian Union – 12th Century

The Armenian-Georgian Union

In the second half of the 12th century, the decline of the Seljuks allowed the Georgian Kingdom to strengthen, which extended its influence south towards the Armenian territories. By the end of the 12th century, the Armenian princely Zakarian (Zakarid) dynasty, which became the de facto ruler of united Georgia under the legendary queen Tamar …

Artsakh During the Bagratid Period – The Aranshahik Dynasty

Artsakh During the Bagratid Period

During the period of the strengthening of the Bagratid monarchy, power in Artsakh passed back to the local Armenian dynasty of Aranshahiks. Aranshahiks can be considered one of the oldest aristocratic families in the history of mankind. “Aranshahik” (Armenian: Առանշահիկներ) means a kind of “shahs” (i.e. monarchs) originating from Aran, one of the great-grandchildren of …