On October 30, 2011, AGBU launched a tour to promote Dr. George Bournoutian’s newest publication – The 1823 Russian Survey of the Karabagh Province: A Primary Source on the Demography and Economy of Karabagh in the Early 19th Century with an appearance by the author on the Armenian Radio Hour of New Jersey. You can watch the full interview by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ogorHbsQSE. The following weekend, Bournoutian traveled to Montreal and Toronto for talks in front of packed audiences, and also lectured for enthusiastic attendees in New York and Detroit. Several more presentations are scheduled for 2012. The scholarly work proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Armenians formed the overwhelming 95% majority of the populations inhabiting the Nagorno-Karabakh territory and the villages of Zangezur before 1822.
On a related note, another one of Bournoutian’s more than a dozen works has just been published in Turkish. A Concise History of the Armenian People, which was translated by an Armenian and a Turk, made its debut via Aras Publishers in Istanbul at the annual Istanbul International Book Fair (November 18-December 1). This was the first time that an Armenian publishing house participated in the fair. A Concise History, the first of its kind in English, was commissioned by AGBU in 1993-1994, and has since sold 20,000 copies and been adopted as the main text at a number of colleges, universities and high schools teaching Armenian history. The Turkish edition may be purchased through the Aras site.