A History of the Armenian Print Tradition in the Early Modern Period

Sebouh Aslanian

Library of Congress

Thursday, November 9, 2023 12:00 pm EST

James Madison Building
Montpelier Room (LM619)
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20540

Linking far-flung locations in Amsterdam, Livorno, Marseille, Saint Petersburg, and Astrakhan to New Julfa, Madras, and Calcutta, Armenian presses published a thousand editions with more than half a million printed volumes in Armenian script. Drawing on extensive archival research, Prof. Sebouh Aslanian explores why certain books were published at certain times, how books were sold across the diaspora, who read them, and how the printed word helped fashion a new collective identity for early modern Armenians.