Note About the Names Historic Armenia, Western Armenia, and Armenian Plateau

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Karmravank, on the southern shore of Lake Van, stands in defiance of the significant vandalism it has suffered during the past century. Photo © 2014 Matthew Karanian, Reprinted with Permission.

‘Historic Armenia After 100 Years’ uses the name Western Armenia to refer to the six Armenian provinces of the Ottoman Empire. The book uses the name Eastern Armenia to refer to the lands of Ani and Kars.

Since both of these regions are historically part of Greater Armenia, and since the book features both areas, they are collectively identified in the title of the book as Historic Armenia.

The name Armenian Plateau is also used throughout the book. This is the geographic term that describes the land that encompasses much of historic Armenia. The Armenian Plateau extends from Lake Sevan to the edge of Cappadocia.

After the 1915 massacres and expulsions of the Armenians from the Armenian Plateau, Turkey began a systematic effort to remove Armenian names from the region, as well. They started to refer to the Armenian Plateau as “Eastern Anatolia.”

Identifying all of Asiatic Turkey as Anatolia is not accurate. The Armenian homeland, and the Armenian Plateau, is not located in “Eastern Anatolia.” Accordingly, the book ‘Historic Armenia After 100 Years’ uses only the correct geographic terms Armenian Plateau and Armenian Highland when referring to the historic homeland of the Armenians.

Adapted from ‘Historic Armenia After 100 Years,’ (Stone Garden Press, $39.95, Pub. Feb. 2015) by Matthew Karanian. Pre-order now for $35 postpaid in the US from: Stone Garden Productions; PO Box 7758; Northridge, CA 91327 or pay with credit card by requesting an invoice from


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