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Elites and Institutions in the Armenian Transnation

This essay narrates the Armenian diaspora’s shift from exilic nationalism to diasporic transnationalism, both because the change is interesting for its own sake and because it may offer a demonstration of the importance of institutions, elites, and material resources to other conceptualizations of diaspora.


"Splinters of the Empire", because of their marginal nature, have a certain ability to synthesize. They are able to overcome the mutual inertia of "Agents of Influence" and "Genuine-Armenians", creating a linkage between the western Enlightenment and those bearers of national consciousness that do not avoid critical consideration of their own roots and perceive their "Armeniannes" not just as a gift, but as a task to be performed. Text in Armenian here.

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