The Caucasus: An Introduction
by Thomas de Waal
Oxford University Press, 259 pp., $74.00; $18.95 (paper)
You only have to spend a day or two walking around the capital city of Yerevan to understand just how much the past shapes Armenian thinking about the present and the future. The capital is full of sculptures and monuments to musicians, poets, and national heroes. In recent years there has been a considerable building boom in the city’s center. I started to walk from Republic Square, with its vaulting pink stone and arched monumental buildings, which date from the 1920s.
A Challenge to Armenia June 21, 2012