Nationalism and Socialism in the Armenian Revolutionary Movement

Anaide Ter Minassian. Nationalism and Socialism in the Armenian Revolutionary Movement (1887-1912). Cambridge, MA: Zoryan Institute, 1984, 69p. Paper covers.

This study traces the interactions between political developments and intellectual currents, which determined crucial phases in the history of the Armenian people during a period of revolutionary upheaval. It covers the period between 1885 and 1914, when radical political organizations – the Hunchakians, the Dashnaktsutkiun, the Armenian Social Democrats and the “Specifists” – undertook to liberate the Armenian people from the oppression of the Ottoman and Russian empires. The author sketches the intricate changes in the meaning and content of Armenian revolutionary goals and related Armenian history to the larger events in the region. Her most important achievement is her ability to follow the life of ideas and concepts which, developed in western environments, are adopted and adapted to local conditions.