Modern Armenian History Course to be Offered at UC Irvine

IRVINE–The University of California at Irvine has scheduled a course in modern Armenian history for this spring quarter. The 4-unit class was offered for the first time last spring and it will be taught again this year by Dr. Levon Marashlian, professor of history at Glendale Community College.

History 183, Modern Armenian History, is a survey of major developments from 1800 to the present. Topics that the course covers include Armenians in the Ottoman and Russian empires, the Armenian Question, the Armenian Genocide and its consequences, the first Republic of Armenia, the treaties of Sèvres and Lausanne, Soviet Armenia, the Karabakh conflict, re-establishment of Armenia’s independence in 1991 and its relations with the Diaspora, Turkey, and the United States up to 2010.

The class is centered on extensive use of specially compiled video material, including rare material from years and decades ago. Using the video screen as a sort of interactive blackboard to augment the lectures and reading assignments, the instructor moves from one segment to another, pausing frequently to provide further explanation and spark discussion with students.

Professor Marashlian explains that “the learning experience is enhanced by the real footage of people and events in documentaries and television news reports that not only provide historical information, but themselves become part of the historical record because they reflect the contrasting ways a particular event or issue was interpreted at a particular time.”

The course is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6:20 pm, beginning March 30. For more information, please contact the UCI Department of History at 949-824-6521 or the instructor directly at 818-240-1000 ext. 5463.


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