I should like to express my deep appreciation to Professor Nikola Shahgaldian of the American University of Armenia, who guided the manuscript through the process of editing and publication. I owe to him a number of comments, criticisms, and insights. I wish to thank also Professor Levon Chorbajian of the University of Massachusetts and Academician M. G. Nersissian for their helpful suggestions on an earlier draft of this study. I appreciate the contribution of Associate Professor Lucig Danielian of the American University of Armenia, who made useful suggestions and corrections. I am also indebted to Virgil Strohmeyer, Matthew Der-Manuelian, and Tim Greenwood, who at different phases of this research kindly made themselves available to check my English. I am grateful to Vardan Mkhitarian, Fellow of the History Faculty, Yerevan State University, who generously assisted me in the preparation of the map.
This study was researched and written with the support of the Center for Policy Analysis at the American University of Armenia, where I was a Visiting Research Fellow for the 1996-97 academic year. This book would not have been possible without the generous support of the Center. Some aspects of the preliminary research took place while I was in the United States during the Fall of 1995 on a grant from the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), with funds provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. I remain, of course, solely responsible for the contents and conclusions.