Long time readers of this blog may remember that I used to post a lot of stuff about Romanian and Serbian history. But I haven't posted nearly as much about Armenia. Why?
Well, there are three limiting factors. One, there's noticeably less material in English. (My French is now so rusty that it can probably be ignored at this point.) I've seen some really interesting-looking books, but they all seem to be in Armenian or in Russian.
Two, Armenian historiography is even more screwed up than Romanian or Serbian historiography. (Which is saying something.) Armenian historians tend to be pretty nationalistic, outsiders often have axes to grind, and the fact that Armenia wasn't a country until 1991 means that a lot of their history pops up as chapters in someone else's book.
A third factor that limits posting about Armenia: the biggest event in modern Armenian history is pretty depressing. Claudia and I have been here a year and a half, and we still haven't visited the Genocide Museum. Even though it's just a few kilometers away. (We joke that we're waiting until some day when we're feeling too cheerful and positive about life.)