The Armenian Research Center of the University of Michigan-Dearborn has just published The Armenian Massacres, 1894-1896: British Media Testimony, edited and with an introduction by Arman J. Kirakossian. This new book is a companion volume to Kirakossian’s The Armenian Massacres, 1894-1896: U.S. Media Testimony (2004). In this book readers can find in one convenient location many of the articles that helped shape the British public view of the Armenia’s in the years of the Hamidian Massacres.
These articles, 48 in all, consist of in-depth pieces from weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly news magazines, which are, as a rule, longer than articles published in the daily British newspapers. Preceding the articles is a lengthy introduction by Kirakossian, which discusses British relations in the 19th century with the Ottoman Empire and the Armenia’s in particular and sets the groundwork for the articles reprinted in this collection.
The editor, Arman Kirakossian, was formerly ambassador of Armenia to the United States. He is currently Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia and a professor of history and international relations at Yerevan State University. He has published a number of studies on British attitudes toward the Armenian Question, which have come out in Russian, Armenian and English. The English version of Kirakossian’s research is entitled British Diplomacy and the Armenian Question (2003).
The newly published book includes a foreword by Richard Bentinck Boyle, the Earl of Shannon, one of the co-founders and prominent members of the British-Armenian All Party Parliamentary Group. A map, 15 pages of notes, and an index round out the book, which was made possible by a generous grant from the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund.
The Armenian Massacres, 1894-1896: British Media Testimony (ISBN 978-934548-01-1 or 1-934548-01-4) is distributed by Wayne State University Press and can be purchased from national chain booksellers, special ordered from smaller U.S. and Canadian bookstores, or ordered from major online retailers. The retail price is $34.95.