Re-Inventing Late Antique and Early Medieval Armenia in WW2-Soviet Union



Year of publication 2023
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description At the end of the tsarist world, Armenian art is presented by scholars as a provincial expression of Byzantine art and as an inseparable part of a pan-Caucasian production. In the 1920s, official organs of Soviet scholarship continue to present the region’s art as an expression of a possibly transcultural but certainly marginal context. Finally, after World War II, the discourse changes completely: Armenian art is presented an expression of an autonomous and exceptional national spirit. Such changes in perspective can only be explained in the context of the relationship between science and national politics in the USSR within de context of the interwar and war period. They also show us the very close relationship between research and politics (not only) in totalitarian countries.
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