I Want Some Books About Armenia
November 27, 2012 11:32 PM Subscribe
Recommend me books about Armenia, to learn about the country and people and disaspora.
posted by Eyebrows McGee to Education (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to learn more about Armenia, and I would like to read a history of the country, especially pre-20th century. But I'd most like to read some social history talking about day-to-day life, culture, art, and so on.
I'm looking for non-fiction, not novels, although I could be talked into a novel if it were bang on topic. Books must be in English. Good articles are also exciting. I would prefer something with an accessible tone -- written for a lay reader who's curious about Armenian history is best, but an academic book that's not dry as a bone is also fine. Bonus points if I can read it on my kindle but it's okay if I have to order it used or read an article online or whatever. In a perfect world there'd be a Bill Bryson of Armenian history who hits the high points accurately but amusingly with memorable details and excellent factoids.
My sum total of knowledge of Armenia is skimming the Wikipedia article, and some vague recollections from AP History class about the Armenian genocide, and I will soon be spending some time with a friend who is Armenian and whose heritage is very important to him. I'd like to understand it better.