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Imagining Armenia

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Armenians arrived in the United States in small numbers beginning in the middle of the nineteenth century. National statehood is said to be the ultimate objective of nationalists, and Armenian intellectuals in the Ottoman and Russian empires in the nineteenth century were no exception. The major political parties transplanted from the homeland to the New World sought to strengthen their constituent communities but in fact served to infinitely complicate relations with the host society. In the United States, the Dashnaktsutiun led the anti-Bolshevik groups in the community, while the Hnchakian and Ramkavar parties accepted the legitimacy of Soviet Armenia. The process of Americanization led to the "selec- tive relinquishing of the national imaginary," to the deterritorialization of diasporan memory and imagination. Several concerns have preoccupied the Armenian community in the United States regarding the post-Soviet republic.

Keywords: Armenian community; Dashnaktsutiun; diasporan memory; imagining Armenia; Soviet Armenia



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