Tatul Hakobyan's Armenians and Turks, now in English

Published: Saturday June 29, 2013

Hakobyan with the Armenian language version of his book.

An English translation of 400 plus-page book by reporter and expert
Tatul Hakobyan Armenians and Turks: from War to Cold War to Diplomacy
was recently published in Yerevan.

This work, which covers Armenian-Turkish relations since 1918 to
football diplomacy, is the result of eight years of extensive
research, analysis and travel by the author, who is an expert with
Civilitas Foundation in Yerevan and correspondent for several Armenian
outlets in Armenia and Diaspora.

The first release of Armenians and Turks was published in Western
Armenian using classical orthography and was presented in Beirut in
March, 2012. The Eastern Armenian version was presented in Yerevan in
April, 2012.

The editor if the English version is Nareg Seferian.

Tatul Hakobyan,s first book- Karabakh Diary, Green and Black, first
was published in 2008 and since then has had 8 editions including
English, Russian, German, Turkish, and Arabic.

Tatul Hakobyan is currently working on a new book about Armenia's
domestic and foreign policy from the beginnings of its journey towards
independence in 1988 to the current day.

You can contact with the author by e-mail- [email protected]
and [email protected] or dial +374 10 618317 or +374 91 426435.

According to Raffi K. Hovannisian, Armenia's Foreign Minister
(1991-1992), Hakobyan's new book, "is packed with political insight,
historical revelation, and even a poetic vision of a complicated
relationship which unfolded, over a century, between two peoples."
Hakobyan has established himself "as an indispensable journalist,
expert, and scholar of this ongoing saga. It is my hope that his
ground-braking work will help achieve recognition of the historical
record and a reconciliation based on the terrible truth," wrote

Alexander Arzumanyan, Armenia's Foreign Minister in 1996-1998, writes
"This volume is in fact a continuation of Tatul Hakobyan's first book,
Karabakh Diary: Green and Black. Written in the journalistic style
using strict standards of scholarship, the author has evidently
undertaken wide-ranging research. This book is of great interest not
only to historians, diplomats, or experts who study issues of
Armenian-Turkish relations and their impact on the future of the South
Caucasus, but also for a wide range of readers."

"Tatul Hakobyan's work is a smooth mix of history and journalism. This
extremely complex and significant period of history is presented
coherently, simply, in an easy to follow narrative that links together
the various periods during the tumultuous 100 years beginning in 1918.
The book is especially valuable because of Hakobyan's special focus on
Armenia-Turkey relations during the Cold War years and new information
he has brought to light as a result of diligent research in Armenia's
archives," according to Vartan Oskanian, Armenia's Foreign Minister in

According to Ara Sanjian, Director of Armenian Research Center in
University of Michigan-Dearborn, "Hakobyan's investigative work is the
first-ever attempt to shed comprehensive light from Armenia's
perspective on the trajectory of the latter's thorny relations with
its neighbor, Turkey, since the era of Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika
and Armenia regaining its sovereignty and independence in 1991. This
study is based not only on the author's own observations during his
career as a journalist, a wide range of printed sources, but also
in-depth interviews with over a dozen leading Armenian policymakers,
including the country's first post-Soviet, democratically-elected
president and its first four Ministers of Foreign Affairs in the
period of independence."

"In his new book Hakobyan is continuing to place current affairs in
its larger historic context. After Karabakh Diary, Green and Black he
has produced a new, and impressive book looking at the current state
of Armenian-Turkish relations through a historic tour de force
revisiting the roots of the current blockage. He is one of the leading
example of a new generation of scholars in Armenia applying meticulous
research and sharp observation. A much needed voice from the other
side of Ararat," says Vicken Cheterian, political analyst and author
in Geneva, Switzerland.

"This book covers almost the whole spectrum of Armenian-Turkish
relations, including the different attitudes of Diasporan circles and
masses to the past, present, and future relations with the Turks.
Hakobyan investigates this difficult and very complex historical and
political matter - far from understanding it as a mere Republic of
Armenia - Republic of Turkey bilateral problem, but as an issue of the
Armenian and Turkish peoples' mostly antagonistic relationship. A book
that is very useful for Armenian diplomacy, Armenian historiography,
and Turkology," writes Yerevan historian Gevorg Yazichyan.

From: Baghdasarian