The presentation of the book of state, public figure, founder of the Armenian statehood Aram Manukyan (revolutionary name since 1904, real name Sargis Hovhannisyan) was organized in the framework of the international conference “The Republic of Armenia – 100” dedicated to the First Republic of Armenia and the 100th anniversary of the May battles.
The collection of letters was made by renowned Armenian historian Yervand Pambukyan, who collected them from the ARF archives in Boston, letters written by Aram Manukyan and addressed to him, written in 1904-1915.
YSU Rector Aram Simonyan first greeted the guests: “The work includes about 325 previously unreleased letters by national-political and state figure of the 20th century Aram Manukyan, as well as a number of documents. The project started four years ago. Getting acquainted with the initiative, YSU has undertaken to print the work (1,000 copies). Let us also mention that we compiled a map of Aram Manukyan’s activities in Western Armenia in 1904-1915.”
The author of the book Yervand Pambukyan presented the history of the book creation, as well as some content.
“The book will clearly the picture of the difficult period of Aram Manukyan’s life and activity when a figure with refugee status and serious health problems under the pressure of the Ottoman Empire was drawing the draft of the Armenian statehood restoration,” - Y. Pambukyan thanked the supporters of the initiative - YSU Rector Aram Simonyan and Deputy Director of the Institute for Armenian Studies Mher Hovhannisyan.
The letter, published by the efforts of YSU Publishing House, also sheds light on Aram Manukyan’s activities in the self-defense battles of Van-Vaspurakan, a part of the national liberation struggle.
In the end of the two-day conference, organized by the Department of Armenian Studies and Social Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences, with the support of Yerevan State University and the RA Ministry of Diaspora, the academician-secretary of the Department of Armenian Studies and Social Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences Yuri Suvaryan and the chairmen of the departments summed up the work done.