Shemmassian’s “The Musa Dagh Armenians” Published
The Haigazian University Press in Beirut has published Dr. Vahram L. Shemmassian’s book, titled The Musa Dagh Armenians: A Socioeconomic and Cultural History, 1919-1939. The author writes: “The Musa Dagh resistance to the Armenian Genocide in 1915 has been immortalized by Franz Werfel’s novel, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh. Yet, despite the novel’s fame and impact, to date the story of the Musa Dagh Armenians, both before and after World War I, has not been studied and recounted in a historical form.” This new publication, therefore, is a pioneering effort that deals with the social, economic, and cultural life in Musa Dagh between the two World Wars. A separate tome will cover religion, education, and politics.
The study is the culmination of extensive research spanning nearly four decades. That investigation has been conducted in numerous governmental, institutional, and organizational archives, and through private papers, interviews, correspondence, unpublished memoirs and manuscripts, newspapers and periodicals, books, articles, online sources, etc.
The book includes the following eight chapters: Trying Times after Repatriation; The Social Canvas; Agriculture and Animal Husbandry; Trades, Businesses, and Industries; Migrants in the Middle East and in Ethiopia; The American Experience; Vacationing and Tourism; Cultural Manifestations. An epilogue deals with the exodus of Musadaghtsis from their native mountain to Anjar in Lebanon in 1939. The volume also contains a map, statistical tables, and appendixes. It is richly illustrated.
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