Western Armenia and the First Armenian Republic of 1918


by Matthew Karanian

Published 2019

About the Book

THE ARMENIAN HIGHLAND is the first and only historical guide to the Armenian nation in Western Armenia and in the now-overrun territories of the First Armenian Republic of 1918 (Ani and Kars).

This hard-cover book tells the history of the Armenians on their ancient homeland in the Armenian Highland through a combination of photography, maps, and text.

Modern color photos depict the ancient Armenian homeland– all the Armenian provinces of the former Ottoman Empire as well as Ani and Kars– as it exists today. Antique images show the same scenes as they appeared one century ago, often juxtaposed with stunning effect.

The field research and photography is original and are the product of the author’s travels throughout the lands of the Armenian Highland from 1997 through 2018.

THE ARMENIAN HIGHLAND book includes detailed maps that show the Armenian nation as it existed until 1915. The maps are adapted from the works of the cartographer and scholar of Armenian history Prof. Robert Hewsen. The book also includes antique maps by Mardiros Kheranian, a famous cartographer whose maps are on display at Echmiadzin and at Yerevan’s National Museum.

The text, the vivid photography, and the detailed maps, all combine to create a single volume resource that introduces the reader to an Armenia that has rarely been seen since 1915.

Book design and creative direction by Harut Genjoyan of AlphaGraph, LLC, Glendale, California. Web design by Armen Arakelyan of Brand Pik, Glendale, California.

About the Author

Matthew Karanian is a lawyer and the author of several books about Armenia.

He first traveled to the Republic of Armenia in 1995 and then to the historic lands of Western Armenia two years later. This book is the product of the author’s numerous research trips to Western Armenia since 1997.

Karanian lived in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan during the early days of Armenian independence and served as an advocate for Armenia’s non-governmental organizations. As a legal scholar, he later served as Associate Dean of the law school at the American University of Armenia, where he taught international law and founded the Armenian Law Review.

He is the 2016 recipient of the Arshile Gorky Medal from the Republic of Armenia in recognition of his contributions to the arts and for his role in helping to build bridges between Armenia and its worldwide Diaspora. 

Karanian is the author of several books about Armenia, including the best-selling travel guide ‘Armenia and Karabakh: The Stone Garden Travel Guide,’ ‘Historic Armenia After 100 Years,’ and ‘Edge of Time: Traveling in Armenia and Karabagh.’ He is also the co-photographer, with Robert Kurkjian, of ‘Out of Stone: Armenia and Artsakh.’ 

‘The Armenian Highland: Western Armenia and the First Armenian Republic of 1918’ is Karanian’s latest publication.

Author Matthew Karanian provides “A fresh view on ancient Armenia.”Los Angeles Times

“A unique and essential book. Karanian offers the reader a special perspective on Armenia.”Peter Balakian, author of Black Dog of Fate


List Price:  $49.95
Publication Date: 2019


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Upcoming Events

  • Thu
    7:00 pmArmenian Embassy, 2225 R Street, NW, Washington, DC

    Join Matthew Karanian for this special presentation of the Armenian Highland at the Armenian Embassy in Washington, DC.

  • Sat
    7:00 pmSoorp Khatch Armenian Apostolic Church, 4906 Flint Drive Bethesda, MD 20816

    Author Matthew Karanian presents his latest book The Armenian Highland at a special event hosted by Soorp Khatch Armenian Apostolic Church of Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Sun
    1:00 pmSt. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 4125 Fessenden Street, NW, Washington, DC

    Illustrated book presentation featuring photography from the Armenian Highland. Immediately following the badarak (church services) at St. Mary. Free Admission, Public Invited.


  • Tue
    12-61 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

    Author Matthew Karanian presents photography and stories from The Armenian Highland at St. Leon Armenian Church in Fair Lawn, NJ. This is the author's only stop in New Jersey. Free Admission / Public Invited

  • Sat
    9 am - 5 pmYale University, New Haven, Connecticut

    Author Matthew Karanian presents The Armenian Highland during the ARS Youth Connect Forum at Yale University.

  • Sun
    1:00 pm650 SPRUCE STREET OAKLAND, CA 94610

    Author Matthew Karanian presents his latest book The Armenian Highland at St. Vartan Armenian Church in Oakland, California. Free Admission / Public Invited

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