Release Date April 15, 2019


Western Armenia and the First Armenian Republic of 1918

by Matthew Karanian

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:  $85
Publication Date: April 015, 2019


Special Pre-Publication Prices Valid Until April 15, 2019, while Supplies Last
Autographed Limited Collector’s Edition, 1 of 100. Includes One Custom 16 x 20 fine art photographic print, $385
Autographed Limited Collector’s Edition, 1 of 100, $150
Non-Autographed Book, Not Limited Edition, $65
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‘The Armenian Highland’ is not yet published. The release date is April 15, 2019. Pre-orders will be filled and shipped upon publication and are guaranteed to arrive at your address by April 30, 2019 (US addresses). 

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Upcoming Events

Event Information:

  • Sun

    Ararat Museum, North Hills, California

    4:00 pmArarat Museum, North Hills, California

    Illustrated presentation of The Armenian Highland by Author Matthew Karanian. Co-sponsored by the Ararat Museum and the National Association of Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR). Books will be available for purchase at the event.

    Free Admission/Public Invited

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