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ArmeniaPortraits of Survival and Hope$
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Donald Miller

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234925

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234925.001.0001

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Concluding Reflections

Concluding Reflections

The Meaning of Being Human

(p.153) 6 Concluding Reflections

Donald E. Miller

Lorna Touryan Miller

University of California Press

In the first decade of Armenia's independence, it had experienced more challenges than some countries in a century. Both Turkey and Azerbaijan were trying to suffocate Armenia by continuing an economic boycott that precluded trade across their borders. More than half of Armenia's population was living in poverty or starvation, and a quarter was barely surviving because of its poor economy. But the people of Armenia were not losing hope, because they were hardened and strengthened by the tragic experience brought to them by nature or even by man. They would rather cling onto the independence they had fought for than be attacked or brutally killed. The pogroms against Armenians are only one example of humans' capacity for evil.

Keywords:   Armenians, human being, independence, violence, economy

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