Representatives of YSU Faculty of History, Geography and Geology, employees of the Institute for Armenian Studies, as well as the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute have participated in the preparation of the Atlas of the Armenian Genocide. Atlas Chief Editor is YSU Rector, Doctor of History, Professor Aram Simonyan.
“The publication of Atlas was not an end in itself. We wanted to provide the English-language speaking researchers, as well as people who are interested in this issue, officials with the opportunity to have such an option at their disposal. In the near future, we expect the Atlas to be published in other foreign languages as it is a fairly accessible and targeted work,” - said Deputy Director of the IAS, Candidate of History Mher Hovhannisyan.
The Atlas was published in a limited edition. It presents various issues and historical events related to the Armenian Genocide: the Armenian Highland as the cradle of the Armenian people, the Armenian-Turkish war, Hamidian massacres, the massacres of eastern Armenians and May victories, massacre of Armenians in Baku, cultural genocide, Diaspora formation etc. Atlas also includes agreements, documents and pictures. Simultaneously, the role of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire and the Russian Empire is also presented. In the last part of the Atlas there is also a reference to the international recognition and condemnation of the Genocide.
The other work that was presented to the public was the University textbook of Ottoman Language. In the period of genocide and pre-genocide period the circulation of documents was carried out in the Ottoman language.
Scholars and linguists of Ottoman language who had Armenian origin were quite many in the Ottoman Empire or in the Republic of Turkey. Nevertheless, for the first time in the Armenian reality, such textbook has been published and presented to the readers and students.
The presentation was also attended by members of the textbook authoring group, employees of the Department of Armenian-Ottoman Relations of the IAS, professor Alexander Safaryan, Candidate of Philology Lusine Sahakyan and Candidate of Philology Ani Sargsyan.
“In the newly-independent Armenia, YSU, and especially in the IAR, good work has been done in the field of Ottoman language study and textbook-making. The importance of the Ottoman language textbook was evident in Armenian universities and Diaspora,” - said Alexander Safaryan.
The work is being done on the publication of the next Ottoman language textbook, which will be more extensive.
“The Atlas of the Armenian Genocide” and “The Ottoman Language Textbook” were published by YSU Publishing House.