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Title: L'eccentrico illuminismo armeno. Le colonie dell'India nella seconda metà del 18. secolo
Authors: Ferrari, Aldo
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: After the fall of its national kingdom, both in the homeland and in Cilicia, Armenian society knew a large process of dispersion. Armenian colonies flourished in many countries of the world, showing a remarkable capacity for integration but maintaining at the same time a deep attachment to their national roots. The Armenian colonies of India represented, above all in the second half of the eighteenth century, one of the most interesting examples of this attitude. Thanks to a productive borrowing of the cultural products of the English enlightenment, some members of the communities of Calcutta and Madra were able to give the traditional Armenian aspiration toward liberation a new ideological framework. The adventurous attempts of Yovsep' Ēmin to reestablish an Armenian kingdom through a close collaboration with Georgia and Russia and the publishing activity of the "Madras group", leaded by the merchant Shahamir Shahamirean, were very progressive for their time and not by chance aroused the opposition of the Church, then the leading force of the Armenian people. So we can say that this enlightenment proved iself too "eccentric" , not only from a geographical point of view, but also to meet the real needs of the Armenian society of the time.
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