BELMONT, MA –Prof. George Bournoutian will give a lecture entitled “The 1823 Russian Survey of the Karabagh Province: A Primary Source on Karabagh in the Early 19th Century,” on Thursday, March 1, at 8:00 p.m., at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Center, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478. The lecture will be co-sponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), New England District, and NAASR.
Prof. George Bournoutian’s newest publication is The 1823 Russian Survey of the Karabagh Province: A Primary Source on the Demography and Economy of Karabagh in the Early 19th Century (Mazda, 2011). The first translation of an extremely rare Russian publication, the survey provides a wealth of information about the demography and economy of Karabagh prior to its annexation by Russia.
The survey establishes definitively that Armenians formed the overwhelming majority (97%) of the population of Karabagh in 1822. The heavily annotated translation was published with a grant from NAASR. The first printing has sold out and a second printing has just been released. The book will be on sale the night of the lecture.
George Bournoutian is a professor of Eastern European and Middle Eastern History at Iona College, as well as a recipient of the IREX, NDEA, and Mellon Fellowships. He has taught Armenian and Iranian history at UCLA and Columbia University. Moreover, he organized and taught the first Armenian history courses at the University of Connecticut, Glendale Community College, New York University, Ramapo College, Rutgers University, and Tufts University. Bournoutian is also the author of more than a dozen other volumes consisting of annotated English translations of primary sources in Armenian, Russian, and Persian, with introductions, glossaries, and indexes.
More information about Bournoutian’s lecture, the 1823 Russian Survey of the Karabagh Province, or NAASR and its programs for the furtherance of Armenian studies, research, and publication may be had by calling 617-489-1610, faxing 617-484-1759, e-mailing hq@naasr.org, or writing to NAASR, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478.

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