22.03.2018 | 
Society
A LECTURE ABOUT HOVHANNES KAJAZNUNI
A LECTURE ABOUT HOVHANNES KAJAZNUNI
Within the frameworks of events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the First Republic of Armenia as well as to the 150th anniversary of the first Prime Minister Hovhannes Kajaznuni, a meeting with Tatul Hakobyan, coordinator of Ani Center for Armenian Studies, was held today at YSU Faculty of History at the initiative of the SSS.

At the initiative of Tatul Hakobyan several volumes of works written by Hovhannes Kajaznuni have been published, including “The ARF has something to do or does not have anymore” book. Speaking about the book, Tatul Hakobyan mentioned that the book title does not stem from the content and it is important to read the whole book written by one of the most important politicians of our history - Hovhannes Kajaznuni.

 

The form of government of the First Armenian Republic was parliamentary, i.e. the prime minister was the most important political figure in the country. Hovhannes Kajaznuni takes on the responsibility of becoming prime minister in this complicated period of Armenian history and makes a great contribution to the establishment of the Armenian statehood.

 

According to Tatul Hakobyan, if we identify the three most important points of Hovhannes Kajaznuni's activity, it was the first Armenian-centered policy pursued by him. For him, the Armenian Cause was just Armenia.

 

The next important point was Kajaznuni's very cautious approach to the neighboring Ottoman Turkey. Although the empire was already on the verge of death, it continued to remain as the sword of Damocles over the new statehood.

 

It is also important to note about Kajaznuni's devotion to the idea of the republic. The most salient evidence of this is Kajaznuni's personal losses, the two sons killed in the war. Only at the cost of such heavy losses Kajaznuni and other devotees succeeded in laying the foundations of the First Republic.

 

Hovhannes Kajaznuni started his political career as prime minister and finished as a parliament speaker, but few know that Kajaznuni was an architect by his first specialty and helped Alexander Tamanyan to draw Yerevan's plan.

 

In Soviet Armenia Kajaznuni was no longer a desirable figure. On Dec. 5, 1937, the Armenian SSR Supreme Court decided to execute him, but Kajaznuni's prison doctor advised to endure because the death of the dying did not make sense.

 

Hovhannes Kajaznuni died on January 15, 1938.

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