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Diaspora
While the process that led to the formation of the Armenian Republic was in progress, the present great diaspora was already underway.

Few peoples have experienced as many migrations in the course of their history as the Armenians have; nor have most peoples merged for so long or adapted so well to the social, economic, cultural, and even political fabric of their countries of adoption, while still maintaining the distinctive traits of their original identity.

Indeed, since the very beginnings of history, the Armenians have always somehow expanded into regions beyond their own frontiers.

We should at this point attempt to clear up certain misconceptions about the Armenian diaspora.

In our view, we cannot talk of the Armenians" dispersal as a diaspora in the strict sense of the word, that is, as a state of "dispersion"; it did not become so until immediately after the 1915 massacre when, as we have already mentioned, most of the historical territory of Armenia was depopulated and the survivors spread to every corner of the world.

This same process is still underway, in a certain sense, with the mass migrations from the Middle East that are due to the unstable political situation that now pervades practically the whole area.

Before 1915, it would be more appropriate to speak of "colonies," although the collapse of Greater Armenia and Cilicia and the consequent political situation had already laid the grounds for a diaspora type of migration.

The fact remains, however, that most of the Armenian people continued to live in their own land.
 
 
 
Writer: Hasmik Muradyan
Editor: Eugenia Melkonyan
 
 
 Date Added: Wednesday August 02, 2006 08:17:28 
 




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