LOCATION: 42 Tumanyan St, Yerevan 0002, Armenia; Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences (YSULS) Central building, 2nd floor, Small Hall
DATE: June 8, 2018
The Second Russo-Persian war resulted in the Romanov Empire’s annexation of the South Caucasus, including Eastern Armenia. This presentation examines the motivations and objectives of the Russian state, highlighting the cooperation and resistance of indigenous nations in that imperial confrontation. From the start of the conflict, the theme of a clash of religions informed the perspective of senior tsarist commanders in the Caucasus. The complex interethnic climate of the region dictated the course of the war and affected its resolution.
About the speaker:
Trained in Russian history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stephen B. Riegg is an Assistant Professor of History at Texas A&M University. Having nearly completed his first book manuscript, “Partners in the Caucasus: The Russian Empire’s Encounter with Armenians, 1801-1914,” he is turning toward a new project, “In the Imperial Vise: The South Caucasus between Russia and Persia, 1785-1917.” His work has appeared, or will appear, in the journals “The Russian Review” and “ Nationalities Papers”. His research and writing have been supported by the Fulbright-Hays program, American Councils for International Education, the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus.