This chronology could be perceived as mystical if it were not for the clear presence of regularity, logic, and a cause-and-effect series in it. The circumstances of each period are unique, but there was a common factor that united them: it was the Armenians who compactly inhabited their motherland.
For example, after 1045, most of Armenia passed over to the Byzantine Empire. During the short rule of the Byzantines, the imperial court followed a policy of forcing Armenians into mass emigration to weaken their political and military power. Armenians were also pressured into the adoption of the Chalcedonian faith.
This all had grave consequences not only for Armenia but also for the Byzantine Empire. Armenia had served as a buffer zone before the emerging Seljuk Turks and the Byzantines. After the weakening of Armenia, the Seljuk Turks received an unprecedented opportunity of establishing themselves in both Armenia and the Asia Minor possessions of the Byzantines.
This example is sufficient to allow one to understand the logic of the collapse and disappearance of entire empires, states, and peoples who followed a policy aimed at the physical elimination of Armenia and Armenians.
Now, let’s proceed on to the chronology.
714 BC – The Assyrian Empire attacked Armenia and ravaged it. 64 years later (in 650 BC), the Assyrian Empire collapsed and disappeared forever from the world map.
387 AD – The Roman Empire treacherously deceived the Armenians and, defeating Greater Armenia, shared its territories with Parthia. 8 years later (in 395 AD), the Roman Empire perished and forever left the political arena of the world.
1045 – The Byzantine Empire treacherously destroyed the Armenian Kingdom of Ani. 26 years later (in 1071 AD), the Byzantine Empire lost 80% of its domain, which caused the beginning of the end of the empire and its complete disappearance from the world’s political arena.
1605-1795 – The Persian Empire deported many Armenians from the Transcaucasia, destroying Armenian towns and villages and settling the region with Muslims. In 1827–28, the Persian Empire suffered serious military defeats and lost all the control over the Transcaucasia, which marked the beginning of the end of the Persian Empire.
1905 – The Russian Empire governed by Nicholas II began terror against the Armenian Apostolic Church and organized Armenian massacres in the cities and villages of Transcaucasia. 12 years later (in 1917), Nicholas II was devoid of his power and was shot down together with his entire family in 1918, which put an end to the Empire.
1915 – The Ottoman Empire committed the Armenian Genocide. 3 years later (in 1918), the Ottoman Empire collapsed.
1988-90 – the USSR began to carry out their anti-Armenian policy in Artsakh, organized mass deportations of Armenians from Artsakh villages (Operation “Ring”), and was inactive during the pogroms of Armenians in the Azerbaijan SSR. A year later (in 1991), the USSR collapsed.
An interesting pattern is that all the strongest empires of the world collapsed forever after they tried to destroy the Armenians. And each of these empires was 100% sure of its “invincibility”. And Armenia lives!
The list is not complete
P.S. It is interesting that even now, with all the existing historical lessons, Russia continues the same mediocre and unscrupulous policy towards Armenia and the Armenians. Well, what will collapse this time, gentlemen neo-Bolsheviks?