The Red Flag at Ararat

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9781909382022: The Red Flag at Ararat

Originally printed in 1932, this book is a fascinating and rare account of the early years of the Soviet Armenian republic as seen through the eyes of a young Armenian-American woman, Aghavnie "Ave" Yeghenian. Witty, charming, fun, and insightful, her text fits into the broader category of the history of the Soviet Union.  This new republication, released by the Gomidas Institute as part of the Sterndale Classics series in 2012, also features a new introduction by Pietro Shakarian, contextualizing the work for students, scholars, and general readers.  It also includes a new glossary of place names, original cover art by the architect Zareh M. Sourian, a map, a depiction of the coat of arms of the Armenian SSR, and twelve photographs.

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"The author of this book, an Armenian living in this country, who is a student of immigration and social problems and has traveled, lectured and written extensively on those subjects, visits the land of her ancestors, which she has never seen, the land that to all Armenians in exile has always been Yergir Trakhdavair, 'Paradise Land.' She sets down in the simplest way, without comment or attempt at 'interpretation,' that which she sees, hears, experiences in this small Soviet Republic, one of the smallest among the nine federated independent states that compose the great U.S.S.R., Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  The result is a cumulative picture vivid in its presentation of what has actually grown out of the rank and turbid soil of the Russian Revolution."--From the original publisher, The Womans Press, 1932

About the Author:

Aghavnie "Ave" Yeghenian (1895-1963) was a highly distinguished member of the Armenian-American community.  A graduate of Yale Law School and a committed New Deal Democrat, she was a founding member of the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) and a specialist in immigration issues.

Pietro A. Shakarian is a PhD Candidate in Russian History at The Ohio State University in Columbus.  He earned his MA in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His primary interest is in the Caucasus, particularly Armenia and Georgia.

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