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George Bournoutian, Ph.D.

Research & Publications


  1. Armenia and Imperial Decline, The Yerevan Province, 1900-1914, London, Routledge, 2018.
  2. The 1820 Russian Survey of the Shirvan Province, Gibb Memorial Series, Cambridge, UK, 2016
  3. The 1819 Russian Survey of the Shakki Province, Mazda, Costa Mesa, CA., 2016
  4. The 1829-1832 Russian Surveys of the Nakhichevan Province, Mazda, Costa Mesa, CA., 2016
  5. Arumena Ro-kishi - Japanese translation of A Concise History of the Armenian People, Tokyo, 2016
  6. The 1823 Russian Survey of the Karabagh Province: A Primary Source on the Demography and Economy of Karabagh in the Early 19th Century.  2011, 467pp. Topic: Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan; second edition, 2012.
  7. Mawgez Tarikh al-Sha`b al-Armani. Arabic translation of no. 17 below, Cairo, 2012
  8. Hay Zhoghovrdi Hamarod Patmut`yun. Armenian translation of no. 17 below, Yerevan, 2012
  9. Ermeni Tarihi. Turkish Translation of no. 17 below, Istanbul, 2011.
  10. Arak`el of Tabriz: Book of History (One-volume revised edition of number 14 above) [2010], xiii+637 cloth.
  11. A Brief History of the Aghuank` Region, 1702-1723 (Esayi Hasan Jalaleants`) [2009]. History of Ganje and Karabagh by Catholicos Esayi. xi+125 paper. Topic: History/Armenia, Iran, Azerbaijan.
  12. Arak`el of Tabriz, Book of History (2010). Revised version and second edition of no. 12 below.
  13. Jambr  (Simeon of Erevan) [2009]. History of the Armenian Church to 1780 by Catholicos Simeon of Erevan. xv+519 paper. Topic: History/Armenia, Iran, Russia.
  14. The Travel Accounts of Simeon of Poland (2007). Travel journal of an Armenian from Poland to Italy, Egypt, Syria, Holy Land, and Turkey. xiv+373, paper. Topic: History/Ottoman Empire, Armenian Diaspora in the Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe.
  15. Historia Sucinta del Pueblo Armenio (2007) Argentina. Spanish translation of no. 17 below. ix+505, paper. Buenos Aires.
  16. Tigranes II and Rome (2007). English translation of H. Manandyan’s classic work. xi+202, paper. Topic: History/Iran, Armenia and Rome in the first century BC.
  17. The History of Vardapet Arak`el of Tabriz (2 vols.), 2005-2006. The most important primary source on the political and socioeconomic conditions of the territory of Armenia in the 17th century - Critical Text. xix+1-280; xx+281-619, paper, OOP. Topic: History/Armenia, Iran, Armenian Diaspora
  18. Two Chronicles on the History of Karabagh (2004), by Mirza Adigozal Beg and Mirza Yusuf. xvi+298, paper. Topic: History/Armenia, Iran, Azerbaijan.    
  19. Tarikh-e Qarehbagh (Tehran): Persian translation of no. 22 below. xiii+176, paper (2004).
  20. The Chronicle of Deacon Zak`aria of K`anak`er (2004), Chronicle of the Abbot of Hovhannavank Monastery on the condition in Armenia.xii+359, paper. Topic: History/Armenia, Iran, Georgia.
  21. The Journal of Zak`aria of Agulis (2003), journal of an Armenian silk merchant from Armenia who traveled to Europe via the Ottoman Empire. vii+243, paper. Topic: History/Armenia, Iran, Georgia, Ottoman Empire.
  22. A Concise History of the Armenian People (various editions). 2002-2012. ix+521, paper and cloth.
  23. Armenians and Russia: A Documentary Record, 1626-1796 (2001) OOP. Documents from the Archives of Russia, Armenia, and Georgia. xiv+512, cloth. Topic: History/Russia, Iran, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan.
  24. History of the Wars, 1721-1738 (1999) by Abraham of Erevan.  vi+111, paper. Topic: History/Iran, Armenia, Ottoman Empire, Afghanistan.
  25. The Chronicle of Abraham of Crete (1999) by Catholicos Abraham of Crete.  vi+190, cloth.  Critical Text. Topic: History/Iran-Armenia.
  26. Russia and the Armenians of Transcaucasia: A Documentary Record, 1797-1889 (1998): Documents from the Archives of Russia, Armenia,and Georgia. xv+578, cloth. Topic: History/Armenia, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Daghestan.
  27. A History of the Armenian People, Vol. II: 1500 to the Present (1994). viii+237, paper. Reprinted with corrections 1996, revised third edition 1998. OOP. Used as main text at a number of universities. Topic: History/Armenian.
  28. A History of Qarabagh (1994) Mirza Jamal Javanshir. vi+157+62, cloth. (includes facsimile of original manuscript), OOP.  Topic: History/Azerbaijan-Armenia-Iran-Russia.          
  29. A History of the Armenian People, Vol. I: Pre-History to 1500 A.D. (1993). xviii+174, paper. Reprinted with corrections in 1995, third edition 1997.  OOP. Used as the main textbook at UCLA, Rutgers, Tufts, CSU-Fresno etc. Topic: History/Armenia.
  30. The Khanate of Erevan under Qajar Rule, 1795-1828. Persian Studies Series,number 13, Bibliotheca Persica, Iran Center, Columbia University, New York, 1992,  pp. xxvii+355, cloth. OOP.  Selected by Choice. Topic: History/Armenia, Russia, Iran, and Ottoman Empire.
  31. Eastern Armenia in the Last Decades of Persian Rule, 1807-1827. Studies in Near Eastern Culture and Society, number 5, Von Grunebaum Center, UCLA, Undena, 1982, pp. xxii+290, cloth and paper. OOP. Topic: History/Armenia, Russia, Iran.          
  32. forthcoming: Japanese translation of no. 17 (Tokyo).
  33. forthcoming, Persian translations of  no. 19 (Tehran).
  34. forthcoming: Russian translation of no. 17

The above books (all peer-reviewed publications) are available in all major university libraries around the world and have received excellent reviews in Times Literary Supplement (7 times) Journal of Iranian Studies, Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, Middle East Journal, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, St. Nersess Theological Review, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Russian Review, International Journal of Kurdish Studies, etc.  A number of them are out of print (OOP)

Chapters in Collections:

  1. A primary Armenian Source on Land Tenure in the Khanate of Iravan (Erevan) from the 16th to the 18th Centuries in Converging Zones: Persian Literary Tradition and   the Writing of History: Studies in Honor of Amin Banani, Mazda Costa Mesa, 2012.
  2. The Armenian Church and Czarist Russia in Between Paris and Fresno: Armenian Studies in Honor of Dickran Kouymjian, Mazda, Costa Mesa, 2008.
  3. Armenians in Nineteenth-Century Iran in The Armenians of Iran, edited by C. Chaqueri, Harvard University Press, 1998.
  4.  Eastern Armenia from the Seventeenth Century to the Russian Annexation in The Armenian People, Foreign Domination to Statehood: The Fifteenth Century to the Twentieth Century, edited by R. G. Hovannisian, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1997.
  5.  Armenian in An Ethno-historical Dictionary of the Russian and Soviet Empires, edited by J. S. Olson, Greenwood Press, London, 1994.
  6.  The Arts in Early Post-Revolutionary Russia, in Artistic Strategy and the Rhetoric of Power, edited by D. Castriota, Southern Illinois University Press, 1986.
  7.  The Ethnic Composition and the Socio-Economic Conditions of Armenia in the First Half of the 19th Century, in Transcaucasia: Nationalism and Social Change, edited by R. G. Suny, University of Michigan Press, 1983 (reprinted 1996).

Scholarly Articles, Conferences, Seminars and Book Reviews

Two dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals and encyclopedias including:
  • "Prelude to War: The Russian Siege and Storming of the Fortress of Ganjeh, 1803-1804", Iranian Studies, (1, 2017).
  • Journal for Iranian Studies (Harvard and Yale), Encyclopaedia Iranica (Columbia), and  Journal for Armenian Studies (University of Michigan)
  • Presented papers in two dozen conferences including Middle Eastern Studies
  • Association (MESA), American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), and American Oriental Society (AOS), Sophia University, Tokyo.
  • Discussant and chairman of panels in twenty conferences
  • Reviewed fifteen books in peer-reviewed academic journals
  • Presented fifteen papers at university seminars for faculty and graduate students (including Columbia University, UCLA, Harvard University, George Washington University, Georgetown, Tehran University, Isfahan University, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, CSU, Fresno, American University of Armenia and others)

Reviewed numerous books for scholarly journals including American Historical Review.

The above books of mine have been cited in books, articles, and dissertations (partial list):

  • Cambridge History of Iran, Vol. VII (Cambridge University Press)
  • Graham Smith, The Nationalities Question in the post-Soviet States (Longman)
  • Tadeusz Swietochowski, Russia and Azerbaijan (Columbia University Press)
  • Ina B. McCabe, The Shah’s Silk for Europe’s Silver (University of Pennsylvania Press)
  • Suzanne Goldenberg, Pride of Small Nations (Zed Press, London)
  • Muriel Atkin, Russia and Iran 1780-1828 (University of Minnesota Press)
  • Robert Hewsen, Historical Atlas of Armenia (University of Chicago Press)
  • Audrey L. Altstadt, The Azerbaijani Turks (Stanford University Press)
  • Ronald G. Suny, Looking toward Ararat (Indiana University Press)
  • Vazken S. Ghougassian, The Emergence of the Armenian Diocese of New Julfa in the Seventeenth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press)
  • Encyclopaedia Iranica (Columbia University), cited in 6 articles so far.
  • Tadeusz Swietochowski, The Shaping of National Identity in a Muslim Community (Cambridge University Press)
  • John Wright, Transcaucasian Boundaries (St. Martins Press)
  • Willem Floor, A Fiscal History of Iran in the Safavid and Qajar Period, 1500-1925 (Columbia University Press)
  • Willem Floor, Titles and Emoluments in Safavid Iran (Mage)
  • Willem Floor & H. Javadi, The Heavenly Rose Garden (Mage)
  • Michael Axworthy, The Sword of Persia: Nader Shah (Taurus)
  • S. Aslanian, From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean (UC Berkeley)
  • S. M. Bilge, Osmanli Caginda Kafkasya (Kitabevi, Istanbul)