New Armenian Genocide Publications Gain Recognition

June 2, 2003

Washington, DC -- The Armenian National Institute’s scholarly work received further recognition this month with the electronic publication of the Encyclopedia of Genocide, a prominent French publication on the Holocaust which devoted its April issue to Armenia, and another important book review.

ANI announced that the electronic version of the Encyclopedia of Genocide is now available at http://www.abc-clio.com/products, thanks to its American publisher ABC-CLIO. ANI Director Dr. Rouben Adalian is an associate editor and contributor to the encyclopedia, which has received a number of awards, including CHOICE Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Title award. Also available in French as “Le livre noir de l’humanité: Encyclopédie Mondiale des Génocides” (Editions Privat: 2001) the highly acclaimed encyclopedia is the first reference work to chart the full extent of this subject and covers all known genocides, each with leads to further information, in over 200 A-Z entries.

Editor in Chief Dr. Israel W. Charny, who is also executive director of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem, Israel, called the e-book version “a testimony to the great success of the Encyclopedia.” “This will now make the Encyclopedia readily available to many thousands more people and institutions. As the interdisciplinary field of genocide studies continues to evolve, this state-of-the art electronic version of the Encyclopedia provides an additional foundation for future research and education in this vital field,” he said.

In another example of the growing public and scholarly attention given to the subject of genocide and its comparative study, the French journal on the history of the Holocaust, Revue d’histoire de la Shoah, has published a special issue on the Armenian Genocide, co-edited by ANI Academic Council member Dr. Claire Mouradian. ANI’s Dr. Rouben Adalian is a contributor and the only American specialist included in the publication. His submission, entitled “Genocide and Intervention: Ambassador Morgenthau and the Making of a U.S. Policy” is based on the paper he presented at the 1999 conference “Ambassador Morgenthau and the American Response (1914-1915)” in Yerevan, organized by ANI, the National Academy of Sciences and the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute of Armenia. Contributors to the special issue include Yves Ternon (also co-editor), Atom Egoyan, Yair Auron, Raymond Kevorkian, Vahé Tachjian, and others.

In its April 2003 issue, CHOICE Magazine that publishes independent reviews and recommendations on behalf of the American Library Association gave a glowing review to ANI Director Dr. Rouben Adalian’s latest book, Historical Dictionary of Armenia. CHOICE said in part, “This particularly welcome contribution by the director of the Armenian National Institute, who is a historian and expert on the Armenian genocide, reflects the author’s training in its thorough coverage.”
It went on to note that the book’s detailed chronology covers cultural events alongside the standard historical backbone and notes that its biographical entries cover “not only important figures from Armenian history and politics but also important members of the Armenian diaspora in the U.S. and elsewhere.” Noting its “outstanding bibliography,” CHOICE recommends Adalian’s Historical Dictionary as a critical source for current and future scholars and points out that the bibliographic essay that precedes it discusses experts in Armenian history, culture, and politics “so that students will recognize the major researchers in the field.”

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