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  • BOOK, Dennis J.D. Sandole, Peace and Security in the Postmodern World: The OSCE and Conflict Resolution, 24 January 2007, Routledge, 9781134145713, 182, The nearly 3 million Armenians in Armenia (and 3–4 million in the Armenian Diaspora worldwide) "perceive" the nearly 8 million Azerbaijanis in Azerbaijan as "Turks.",
  • BOOK, McGoldrick, Monica, Giordano, Joe, Garcia-Preto, Nydia, Ethnicity and Family Therapy, Third Edition, 18 August 2005, Guilford Press, 9781606237946, 439, 3, The impact of such a horror on a group who presently number approximately 6 million, worldwide, is incalculable.,
  • BOOK, Gevorg Sargsyan, Ani Balabanyan, Denzel Hankinson, From Crisis to Stability in the Armenian Power Sector: Lessons Learned from Armenia's Energy Reform Experience, 1 January 2006, World Bank Publications, 9780821365908, 18, illustrated, The country's estimated 3–6 million Diaspora represent a major source of foreign direct investment in the country.,
  • BOOK, Arthur G. Sharp, The Everything Guide to the Middle East: Understand the people, the politics, and the culture of this conflicted region, 15 September 2011, Adams Media, 9781440529122, 137, Since the newly independent Republic of Armenia was declared in 1991, nearly 4 million of the world's 6 million Armenians have been living on the eastern edge of their Middle Eastern homeland., –8 milliondifferent sources:
  • BOOK, Von Voss, Huberta, Portraits of Hope: Armenians in the Contemporary World, 2007, Berghahn Books, New York, 9781845452575, xxv, ...there are some 8 million Armenians in the world...,
  • BOOK, Freedman, Jeri, The Armenian genocide, 2008, Rosen Publishing Group, New York, 9781404218253, 52, In contrast to its population of 3.2 million, approximately 8 million Armenians live in other countries of the world, including large communities in the America and Russia.,
  • BOOK, Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview: A Global Historical Overview, 2008, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, California, 9781851099085, Guntram H. Herb, David H. Kaplan, 1705, A nation of some 8 million people, about 3 million of whom live in the newly independent post-Soviet state, Armenians are constantly battling not to lose their distinct culture, identity and the newly established statehood.,
  • BOOK, Historical dictionary of the Russian Federation, 2010, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, 9780810854758, Robert A. Saunders, Vlad Struko, 50,
  • BOOK, Philander, S. George, Encyclopedia of global warming and climate change, 2008, SAGE, Los Angeles, 9781412958783, 77, An estimated 60 percent of the total 8 million Armenians worldwide live outside the country...,
  • BOOK, Historical dictionary of the Russian Federation, 2010, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, 9780810874602, Robert A. Saunders, Vlad Strukov, 51, Worldwide, there are more than 8 million Armenians; 3.2 million reside in the Republic of Armenia.,
Armenia}}{{nbsp|5}}2,961,514weblink հոկտեմբերի 12-21-ը Հայաստանի Հանրապետությունումանցկացված մարդահամարի արդյունքները (The results of the census conducted in October 2011 in the Republic of Armenia). pp 6-7. {{hy icon}}Ministry of Culture of Armenia "The ethnic minorities in Armenia. Brief information". As per the most recent census in 2011. "National minority".Russia}}(Национальный состав населения Российской Федерации)>PUBLISHER=RUSSIAN FEDERAL STATE STATISTICS SERVICELANGUAGE=RU, –2,900,000HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION>YEAR=2010LOCATION=LANHAM, MARYLANDAUTHOR=ROBERT A. SAUNDERS, VLAD STRUKO, 50, United States}}PUBLISHER=UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU, 22 December 2012, –1,500,000 France}}TITLE=ARMENIANS IN HAMBURG: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC EXPLORATION INTO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DIASPORA AND SUCCESSPUBLISHER=LIT VERLAG MüNSTERISBN=978-3-643-90226-9TITLE=DENIAL: HISTORY BETRAYEDPUBLISHER=MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY PUB.ISBN=978-0-522-85482-4, 4, Georgia}}{{*}}{{flag{{Abkhazia-note}}|group="note"}}ACCESS-DATE=24 MAY 2016 ARCHIVE-DATE=5 FEBRUARY 2017 ,weblink Delfi (web portal), Delfi, 29 December 2011, 20 August 2013, ru, (According to the 2011 census).
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File:Mkrtum Hovnatanian. Hayk Nahapet.jpeg|left|thumb|upright=0.7|Hayk, the legendary founder of the Armenian nation. Painting by Mkrtum HovnatanianMkrtum HovnatanianThe earliest attestations of the exonym Armenia date around the 6th century BC. In his trilingual Behistun Inscription dated to 517 BC, Darius I the Great of Persia refers to Urashtu (in Babylonian) as (wikt:𐎠𐎼𐎷𐎡𐎴#Old Persian|Armina) (in Old Persian; (wikt:𐎠𐎼𐎷𐎡𐎴#Old Persian|Armina) (𐎠𐎼𐎷𐎡𐎴) and Harminuya (in Elamite).In Greek, Armenios () is attested from about the same time, perhaps the earliest reference being a fragment attributed to Hecataeus of Miletus (476 BC)." (The Armenians border on the Chalybes to the south)". BOOK, Chahin, Mark, The Kingdom of Armenia, Routledge, 2001, London, fr. 203, 978-0-7007-1452-0, Xenophon, a Greek general serving in some of the Persian expeditions, describes many aspects of Armenian village life and hospitality in around 401 BC.Some have linked the name Armenia with the Early Bronze Age state of Armani (Armanum, Armi) or the Late Bronze Age state of Arme (Shupria).BOOK,weblink Armenia Country Study Guide Volume 1 Strategic Information and Developments, Ibp Inc, 42, These connections are inconclusive as it is not known what languages were spoken in these kingdoms. Additionally, while it is agreed that Arme was located to the immediate west of Lake Van (and therefore in the greater Armenia region), the location of the older site of Armani is a matter of debate. Some modern researchers have placed it in the same general area as Arme, near modern Samsat,JOURNAL, Archi, Alfonso, Egypt or Iran in the Ebla Texts?, Orientalia, 2016, 85, 3,weblink 8 June 2019, and have suggested it was populated, at least partially, by an early Indo-European-speaking people.JOURNAL, Kroonen, Guus; Gojko Barjamovic; Michaël Peyrot, Linguistic supplement to Damgaard et al. 2018: Early Indo-European languages, Anatolian, Tocharian and Indo-Iranian, 9 May 2018, 3,weblink 8 June 2019, It has also been speculated that the land of Ermenen (located in or near Minni), mentioned by the Egyptian pharaoh Thutmose III in 1446 BCE, could be a reference to Armenia.Armenians call themselves (wikt:Õ°Õ¡Õµ|Hay) (, pronounced [ˈhaj]; plural: Õ°Õ¡ÕµÕ¥Ö€, [haˈjɛɾ]). The name has traditionally been derived from Hayk (), the legendary patriarch of the Armenians and a great-great-grandson of Noah, who, according to Movses Khorenatsi (Moses of Khorene), defeated the Babylonian king Bel in 2492 BC and established his nation in the Ararat region.Razmik Panossian, The Armenians: From Kings And Priests to Merchants And Commissars, Columbia University Press (2006), {{ISBN|978-0-231-13926-7}}, p. 106. It is also further postulatedRafael Ishkhanyan, "Illustrated History of Armenia," Yerevan, 1989Elisabeth Bauer. Armenia: Past and Present (1981), p. 49 that the name Hay comes from, or is related to, one of the two confederated, Hittite vassal states—Hayasa-Azzi (1600–1200 BC). Ultimately, Hay may derive from the Proto Indo-European words póti (meaning "lord" or "master")JOURNAL, Petrosyan, Armen, Towards the Origins of the Armenian People: The Problem of Identification of the Proto-Armenians: A Critical Review (in English), Journal for the Society of Armenian Studies, 2007, 16, 30,weblink 6 June 2019, or *h₂éyos/*áyos (meaning "metal").BOOK, Martirosyan, Hrach, Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon, 2010, Leiden: Brill, 382–385, Khorenatsi wrote that the word Armenian originated from the name Armenak or Aram (the descendant of Hayk). Khorenatsi refers to both Armenia and Armenians as Hayk‘ (Armenian: Õ€Õ¡ÕµÖ„) (not to be confused with the aforementioned patriarch, Hayk).




While the Armenian language is classified as an Indo-European language, its placement within the broader Indo-European language family is a matter of debate. Until fairly recently, scholars believed Armenian to be most closely related to Greek and Ancient Macedonian. Eric P. Hamp placed Armenian in the Pontic Indo-European (also called Graeco-Armenian or Helleno-Armenian) subgroup of Indo-European languages in his 2012 Indo-European family tree.JOURNAL, Hamp, Eric P., The Expansion of the Indo-European Languages: An Indo-Europeanist's Evolving View, Sino-Platonic Papers, August 2013, 239, 8, 10, 13,weblink 8 February 2014, There are two possible explanations, not mutually exclusive, for a common origin of the Armenian and Greek languages.
  • In Hamp's view, the homeland of the proposed Graeco-Armenian subgroup is the northeast coast of the Black Sea and its hinterlands. He assumes that they migrated from there southeast through the Caucasus with the Armenians remaining after Batumi while the pre-Greeks proceeded westward along the southern coast of the Black Sea.
  • Ancient Greek historian Herodotus (writing circa 440 BCE), suggested that the Phrygians of western Anatolia, who spoke a poorly-attested Indo-European language, had contributed to the ethnogenesis of the Armenians: "the Armenians were equipped like Phrygians, being Phrygian colonists" (7.73) (). This appears to imply that some Phrygians migrated eastward to Armenia following the destruction of Phrygia by a Cimmerian invasion in the late 7th century BCE. Greek scholars also believed that the Phrygians had originated in the Balkans, in an area adjoining Macedonia, from where they had emigrated to Anatolia many centuries earlier. However, the theory that Armenians (or their language) originated in the Balkans, which was once widely accepted, has been facing increased scrutiny in recent years due to discrepancies in the timeline and lack of genetic and archeological evidence.JOURNAL, Hamp, Eric P., The Expansion of the Indo-European Languages: An Indo-Europeanist's Evolving View, Sino-Platonic Papers, August 2013, 239, 8, 10, 13,weblink 8 February 2014, BOOK, Armen Petrosyan, The Problem Of Identification Of The Proto-Armenians: A Critical Review,weblink 23 November 2018, January 1, 2007, Society For Armenian Studies, 49–54, JOURNAL, Martirosyan, Hrach, Origins and Historical Development of the Armenian Language, 2014, 1–23, Leiden University,weblink 5 August 2019, The view that Armenians are native to the South Caucasus is supported by ancient Armenian historical accounts and legends, which place the Ararat Plain as the cradle of Armenian culture, as well as modern genetic research. In fact, some scholars have suggested that the Phrygians and/or the apparently related Mushki people were originally from Armenia and moved westward. The Mushki Problem Reconsidered
Most researchers now believe that the Armenian language is as close to Indo-Iranian languages as it is to Greek.BOOK, Vavroušek P., Frýžština, Jazyky starého Orientu, Praha, 2010, Univerzita Karlova v Praze, 129, 978-80-7308-312-0, BOOK, J. P. Mallory, Douglas Q. Adams., Encyclopedia of Indo-European culture, London, 1997, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 419, 9781884964985, BOOK, Clackson James P.T., Classical Armenian, The Ancient Languages of Asia Minor, New York, 2008, Cambridge University Press, 124, This has led some scholars to propose a hypothetical Graeco-Armenian-Aryan clade within the Indo-European language family from which the Armenian, Greek, Indo-Iranian, and possibly Phrygian languages all descend.Handbook of Formal Languages (1997), p. 6. Additionally, linguist Robert I. Kim has noted unique morphological developments connecting Armenian to Balto-Slavic languages.JOURNAL, Kim, Ronald, Greco-Armenian: The persistence of a myth, The University of British Columbia Library, 2018,weblink 9 June 2019, It has been suggested that the Bronze Age Trialeti-Vanadzor culture and sites such as the burial complexes at Verin and Nerkin Naver are indicative of an Indo-European presence in Armenia by the end of the 3rd millennium BCE.John A. C. Greppin and I. M. Diakonoff, Some Effects of the Hurro-Urartian People and Their Languages upon the Earliest Armenians Journal of the American Oriental SocietyVol. 111, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1991), pp. 721 weblink Joan Aruz, Kim Benzel, Jean M. Evans, Beyond Babylon: Art, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Second Millennium B.C. Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)weblink (2008) pp. 92 HTTPS://DOCPLAYER.NET/108120425-THE-MUSHKI-PROBLEM-RECONSIDERED.HTML, The Mushki Problem Reconsidered, 1997, Aram V., Kossian, pp. 254Peter I. Bogucki and Pam J. Crabtree Ancient Europe, 8000 B.C. to A.D. 1000: An Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004 {{ISBN|978-0684806686}}Daniel T. Potts A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East. Volume 94 of Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World. John Wiley & Sons, 2012 {{ISBN|1405189886}} p.681JOURNAL, Simonyan, Hakob Y., New Discoveries at Verin Naver, Armenia, Backdirt, 2012, The Puzzle of the Mayan Calendar, 110–113, The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA,weblink 5 August 2019, JOURNAL, Martirosyan, Hrach, Origins and Historical Development of the Armenian Language, 2014, 1–23, Leiden University,weblink 5 August 2019, The controversial Armenian hypothesis, put forward by some scholars, such as Thomas Gamkrelidze and Vyacheslav V. Ivanov, proposes that the Indo-European homeland was around the Armenian Highland.Thomas Gamkrelidze and Vyacheslav Ivanov (philologist)|Vyacheslav V. Ivanov, The Early History of Indo-European Languages, March 1990, p. 110. This theory was partially confirmed by the research of geneticist David Reich (et al. 2018), among others.BOOK, Reich, David, 2018, Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, BOOK, Damgaard, Peter de Barros, 2018, The First Horse herders and the Impact of Early Bronze Age Steppe expansions into Asia, BOOK, Haak, Wolfgang, 2015, Massive migration from the steppe is a source for Indo-European languages in Europe, 013433, Similarly Grolle (et al. 2018) supports not only a homeland for Armenians on the Armenian highlands, but also that the Armenian highlands are the homeland for the "pre-proto-Indo-Europeans".Grolle, Johann (12 May 2018), "Invasion aus der Steppe", Der Spiegel
Genetic studies explain Armenian diversity by several mixtures of Eurasian populations that occurred between 3000 and 2000 BCE. But genetic signals of population mixture cease after 1200 BCE when Bronze Age civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean world suddenly and violently collapsed. Armenians have since remained isolated and genetic structure within the population developed ~500 years ago when Armenia was divided between the Ottomans and the Safavid Empire in Iran.JOURNAL, 10.1038/ejhg.2015.206, 26486470, 015396, Genetic evidence for an origin of the Armenians from Bronze Age mixing of multiple populations, European Journal of Human Genetics, 24, 6, 931–6, 2015, Haber, Marc, Mezzavilla, Massimo, Xue, Yali, Comas, David, Gasparini, Paolo, Zalloua, Pierre, Tyler-Smith, Chris, 4820045, NEWS,weblink Date of Armenia's Birth, Given in 5th Century, Gains Credence, The New York Times, 2015-03-10, Wade, Nicholas, A genetic study (Wang et al. 2018) supports the indigenous origin for Armenians in a region south of the Caucasus which he calls "Greater Caucasus".Wang, Chuan-Chao (2018), The genetic prehistory of the Greater CaucasusIn the Bronze Age, several states flourished in the area of Greater Armenia, including the Hittite Empire (at the height of its power in the 14th century BCE), (Mitanni (South-Western historical Armenia, 1500-1300 BCE), and Hayasa-Azzi (1500–1200 BCE). Soon after Hayasa-Azzi came Arme-Shupria (1300s–1190 BCE), the Nairi Confederation (1200–900 BCE), and the Kingdom of Urartu (860–590 BCE), who successively established their sovereignty over the Armenian Highland. Each of the aforementioned nations and tribes participated in the ethnogenesis of the Armenian people.Vahan Kurkjian, "History of Armenia", Michigan, 1968, History of Armenia by Vahan Kurkjian; Armenian Soviet Encyclopedia, v. 12, Yerevan 1987; Artak Movsisyan, "Sacred Highland: Armenia in the spiritual conception of the Near East", Yerevan, 2000; Martiros Kavoukjian, "The Genesis of Armenian People", Montreal, 1982 Under Ashurbanipal (669–627 BCE), the Assyrian empire reached the Caucasus Mountains (modern Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan).Curtis, John (November 2003). "The Achaemenid Period in Northern Iraq". L'archéologie de l'empire achéménide (Paris, France): 12.File:Armenian Empire.png|thumb|upright=1.05|The Kingdom of Armenia at its greatest extent under Tigranes the GreatTigranes the Great


(File:Ptolemy Cosmographia 1467 - Central Europe.jpg|thumb)(File:Fenner, Rest. Persis, Parthia, Armenia. 1835 (A).jpg|thumb|left|200|Persis, Parthia, Armenia. Rest Fenner, published in 1835.)(File:AMBS by Karl von Spruner.jpg|thumb|left|200|Armenia, Mesopotamia, Babylonia and Assyria with Adjacent Regions, Karl von Spruner, published in 1865.)The first geographical entity that was called Armenia by neighboring peoples (such as by Hecataeus of Miletus and on the Achaemenid Behistun Inscription) was the Satrapy of Armenia, established in the late 6th century BCE under the Orontid (Yervanduni) dynasty within the Achaemenid Persian Empire. The Orontids later ruled the independent Kingdom of Armenia. At its zenith (95–65 BCE), under the imperial reign of Tigran the Great, a member of the Artaxiad (Artashesian) dynasty, the Kingdom of Armenia extended from the Caucasus all the way to what is now central Turkey, Lebanon, and northern Iran.The Arsacid Kingdom of Armenia, itself a branch of the Arsacid dynasty of Parthia, was the first state to adopt Christianity as its religion (it had formerly been adherent to Armenian paganism, which was influenced by Zoroastrianism,Mary Boyce. Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices Psychology Press, 2001 {{ISBN|978-0415239028}} p 84 while later on adopting a few elements regarding identification of its pantheon with Greco-Roman deities)."The conversion of Armenia to Christianity was probably the most crucial step in its history. It turned Armenia sharply away from its Iranian past and stamped it for centuries with an intrinsic character as clear to the native population as to those outside its borders, who identified Armenia almost at once as the first state to adopt Christianity". (Nina Garsoïan in Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times, ed. R.G. Hovannisian, Palgrave Macmillan, 1997, Volume 1, p.81). in the early years of the 4th century, likely 301 CE,traditionally dated to 301 following Mikayel Chamchian (1784). 314 is the date favored by mainstream scholarship, so Nicholas Adontz (1970), p.82, following the research of Ananian, and Seibt The Christianization of Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, Albania) (2002). partly in defiance of the Sassanids it seems.Mary Boyce. Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices Psychology Press, 2001 {{ISBN|0415239028}} p 84 In the late Parthian period, Armenia was a predominantly Zoroastrian-adhering land, but by the Christianisation, previously predominant Zoroastrianism and paganism in Armenia gradually declined.Charl Wolhuter, Corene de Wet. International Comparative Perspectives on Religion and Education AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, {{ISBN|1920382372}}. 1 March 2014 p 31 Later on, in order to further strengthen Armenian national identity, Mesrop Mashtots invented the Armenian alphabet, in 405 CE. This event ushered the Golden Age of Armenia, during which many foreign books and manuscripts were translated to Armenian by Mesrop's pupils. Armenia lost its sovereignty again in 428 CE to the rivaling Byzantine and Sassanid Persian empires, until the Muslim conquest of Persia overran also the regions in which Armenians lived.File:Ani-Cathedral, Ruine.jpeg|thumb|left|upright=1.05|The Cathedral of AniCathedral of Ani

Middle Ages

In 885 CE the Armenians reestablished themselves as a sovereign kingdom under the leadership of Ashot I of the Bagratid Dynasty. A considerable portion of the Armenian nobility and peasantry fled the Byzantine occupation of Bagratid Armenia in 1045, and the subsequent invasion of the region by Seljuk Turks in 1064. They settled in large numbers in Cilicia, an Anatolian region where Armenians were already established as a minority since Roman times. In 1080, they founded an independent Armenian Principality then Kingdom of Cilicia, which became the focus of Armenian nationalism. The Armenians developed close social, cultural, military, and religious ties with nearby Crusader States,BOOK, Hodgson, Natasha, Kostick, Conor, The Crusades and the Near East: Cultural Histories, 2010, Routledge, 978-1136902475,weblink but eventually succumbed to Mamluk invasions. In the next few centuries, Djenghis Khan, Timurids, and the tribal Turkic federations of the Ak Koyunlu and the Kara Koyunlu ruled over the Armenians.

Early modern history

From the early 16th century, both Western Armenia and Eastern Armenia fell under Iranian Safavid rule.Donald Rayfield. Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia Reaktion Books, 2013 {{ISBN|1780230702}} p 165Steven R. Ward. Immortal, Updated Edition: A Military History of Iran and Its Armed Forces Georgetown University Press, 8 January 2014 {{ISBN|1626160325}} p 43 Owing to the century long Turco-Iranian geo-political rivalry that would last in Western Asia, significant parts of the region were frequently fought over between the two rivalling empires. From the mid 16th century with the Peace of Amasya, and decisively from the first half of the 17th century with the Treaty of Zuhab until the first half of the 19th century,BOOK,weblink Armenians: Past and Present in the Making of National Identity, 30 December 2014, 9781135798376, Herzig, Edmund, Kurkchiyan, Marina, 2004-11-10, Eastern Armenia was ruled by the successive Iranian Safavid, Afsharid and Qajar empires, while Western Armenia remained under Ottoman rule. In the late 1820s, the parts of historic Armenia under Iranian control centering on Yerevan and Lake Sevan (all of Eastern Armenia) were incorporated into the Russian Empire following Iran's forced ceding of the territories after its loss in the Russo-Persian War (1826-1828) and the outcoming Treaty of Turkmenchay.Timothy C. Dowling Russia at War: From the Mongol Conquest to Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Beyond pp 728 ABC-CLIO, 2 December 2014 {{ISBN|1598849484}} Western Armenia however, remained in Ottoman hands.

Modern history

File:Morgenthau336.jpg|thumb|About 1.5 million Armenians were killed during the Armenian GenocideArmenian GenocideThe ethnic cleansing of Armenians during the final years of the Ottoman Empire is widely considered a genocide, resulting in an estimated 1.5 million victims. The first wave of persecution was in the years 1894 to 1896, the second one culminating in the events of the Armenian Genocide in 1915 and 1916. With World War I in progress, the Ottoman Empire accused the (Christian) Armenians as liable to ally with Imperial Russia, and used it as a pretext to deal with the entire Armenian population as an enemy within their empire.Governments of the Republic of Turkey since that time have consistently rejected charges of genocide, typically arguing either that those Armenians who died were simply in the way of a war, or that killings of Armenians were justified by their individual or collective support for the enemies of the Ottoman Empire. Passage of legislation in various foreign countries, condemning the persecution of the Armenians as genocide, has often provoked diplomatic conflict. (See Recognition of the Armenian Genocide)Following the breakup of the Russian Empire in the aftermath of World War I for a brief period, from 1918 to 1920, Armenia was an independent republic. In late 1920, the communists came to power following an invasion of Armenia by the Red Army; in 1922, Armenia became part of the Transcaucasian SFSR of the Soviet Union, later on forming the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic (1936 to 21 September 1991). In 1991, Armenia declared independence from the USSR and established the second Republic of Armenia.

Geographic distribution

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