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Sebouh David Aslanian


Too Much Memory? Remembering and Forgetting at the Crossroads of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

[Forced march through Harput (Kharpert), April 1915. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

Indeed suffering in common unifies more than joy does. Where national memories are concerned, griefs are of more value than triumphs, for they impose duties and require a common effort.[1] These words from Ernest Renan’s iconic essay of 1882, “Qu'est-ce qu’une Nation?” offer a piercing diagnosis of how some small nations, which have been historic targets of persecution and violence and therefore know that they can easily disappear, have managed to generate and maintain ...

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Sebouh David Aslanian


Sebouh David Aslanian is Associate Professor of History and the Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of California-Los Angeles. He is the author of From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: The Global Trade Networks of Armenian Merchants from New Julfa (California, 2011) and Dispersion History and the Polycentric Nation: The Role of Simeon Yerevantsi’s Girk or Kochi Partavjar in the Eighteenth Century National Revival (Bibliotheque d’armenologie, 2004), along with many articles and book chapters. He is now working on two books on the “global microhistory” of the early modern Indian Ocean as well as a study of early modern global Armenian print culture in the diaspora.