Explaining the Armenian Genocide

Cover from the Book by Professor Ronald G. Suny, A History of the Armenian Genocide. 

Professor Ronald G. Suny, Professor of Social and Political History, University of Michigan, presents "They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else", a lecture explaining the Armenian Genocide. This event is free and open to the public.

Presented by the Department of Russian and Eurasian Studies, Mount Holyoke College Departments of History, Modern European Studies, and Slavic & East European Studies; University of Massachusetts Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; Smith College Department of Russian; Amherst College National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR).

Ronald G. Suny is the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History at the University of Michigan, Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago, and Senior Researcher, National Research University- Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, Russia. The grandson of the composer and ethnomusicologist Grikor Mirzaian Suni and a graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University, he was the first holder of the Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of Michigan (1981-1995), where he founded and directed the Armenian Studies Program.

Prof. Suny’s most recent publication is They Can Live in the Desert But Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide (Princeton University Press, 2015). Drawing on archival documents and eyewitness accounts, Suny’s chronicle of the Armenian Genocide explores the psychological factors as well as the international and domestic events that helped lead to genocide, a cataclysm that set a tragic pattern for a century of genocide and crimes against humanity.

He is also the author of The Baku Commune, 1917-1918 (1972); Armenia in the Twentieth Century (1983); The Making of the Georgian Nation (1988, 1994); Looking Toward Ararat: Armenia in Modern History (1993); The Revenge of the Past: Nationalism, Revolution, and the Collapse of the Soviet Union (1993); and The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and the Successor States (1998, 2011).