Raymond Kévorkian, Author of History of Armenian Genocide, To Speak at NAASR


BELMONT — Historian Raymond Kévorkian will give a lecture, titled “The Armenian Genocide: Writing the Complete History,” on Wednesday, March 14, at 8 p.m., at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Center, 395 Concord Ave. The lecture will be given in Armenian with translation provided by Khatchig Mouradian.

Kévorkian, the director of the Nubarian Library in Paris, is the author of an exhaustive and authoritative account of the origins, events and consequences of the Armenian Genocide in 1915 and 1916. Originally published in French in 2006 as Le Génocide des Arméniens, The Armenian Genocide: A Complete History presents a detailed and meticulous record of the genocidal process, providing an authoritative analysis of the events and their impact upon the Armenian community, as well as the development of the Turkish state. The English-language edition will be available for purchase the night of the lecture.

Drawing on a vast array of published and unpublished materials, including many eyewitness accounts and materials from the Nubarian Library, Kévorkian gives a village-by-village account of what happened, who was captured and slain and how few survived. He examines the consequences of the violence against the Armenians, the implications of the deportations and the attempts to bring those who committed the atrocities to justice. This landmark book has taken its place as an indispensable resource to historians of the period, as well as those wishing to understand the history of genocidal violence more generally.

Kévorkian’s books include important work on early Armenian printed books, Catalogue des “Incunables” Arméniens (1511/1695), Les Arméniens dans l’Empire Ottoman à la Veille du Génocide (with Paul Paboudjian), La Cilicie (1909-1921): Des Massacres d’Adana Au Mandat Francais, L’Extermination des Deportes Armeniens Ottomans dans les Camps de Concentration de Syrie-Mespotamie (1915-1916) and numerous scholarly articles. In 2010 he was presented with the Presidential Award from President Serge Sargisian in recognition of his contributions as a scholar.

More information may be had by e-mailing [email protected] or writing to NAASR, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478.