Armenian homelands and homecomings 1945-9 : the repatriation of diaspora Armenians to the Soviet Union

LAYCOCK, Joanne (2012). Armenian homelands and homecomings 1945-9 : the repatriation of diaspora Armenians to the Soviet Union. Cultural and Social History, 9 (1), 103-123.

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Abstract

This article, based on research in the Armenian National Archives, focuses upon a neglected aspect of early Cold War history, the repatriation of diasporan Armenians to the Soviet Union (1945-9). I highlight the contested and historically conditioned nature of homelands, examining the multiple ways in which Soviet authorities and diaspora agencies attempted to authenticate Soviet Armenia as a 'homeland'. Armenian constructions of homeland were transformed through the process of homecoming, and I examine attempts to reconcile the realities of life in the Soviet Union with diasporic visions of homeland based on an idealized national past.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Humanities Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.2752/147800412X13191165983079
Depositing User: Lorna Greaves
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2012 14:47
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2012 14:47
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5900

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