ANCA-WR Education Committee



The Republic of Artsakh (also known as Nagorno Karabakh) is a region adjacent to the Republic of Armenia that has contained an Armenian indigenous population for over 2,000 years. Despite international pressure for a cessation of hostilities, Azerbaijani forces have also launched direct attacks on the internationally recognized borders of the Republic of Armenia, targeting military and civilian infrastructure.

The following books may be found at Armenian Bookstores and on Amazon and primarily focus on Artsakh.

The 1823 Russian Survey of the Karabagh Province

George A. Bournoutian

In 1805, The Russian commander in the Caucasus and Ebrahim Khan of Karabagh signed a treaty by which Karabakh became a Russian protectorate. The first Khan was assassinated for not abiding by the 1805 treaty and the second khan fled Karabakh, so the treaty was terminated in 1822 and Karabakh was then a part of the Russian empire. To enumerate the population and demography of Karabakh, appointed officials conducted a survey in which Professor Bournoutian investigates the land tenure and taxation.

Black Garden

Thomas De Waal

This volume of Black Garden illustrates the reconstruction of the history of the Karabakh conflict in 1988 until its persisting aftermath. This book is based on a six month venture through the South Caucasus with 120 interviews and numerous primary sources. It illustrates the unraveling of the conflict, how the war was fought and ended, and how the international community failed to sort out the conflict. The book reaches developments of the conflict until 2011. 

The Caucasus

Thomas De Waal

The Caucasus is the thorough update of an essential guide to the complex region. With Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Karabakh being a part of one of the most complex regions in the world, Thomas De Waal explains the multi layered history and ethnic complexity. 

The Republic of Mountainous Karabagh

Ara Aharonian

The Republic of Mountainous Karabagh contains the history of Nagarno-Karabagh, geographical data, demography, and historical monuments.

Western Media Coverage of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in 1988-1990

Hayk Demoyan

This book is a compilation of Media coverage on the Nagarno-Karabakh conflict during the Liberation war. 

Savage Chic: A Fool’s Chronicle of the Caucasus

Kardash Onnig

Kardash Onnig spent five months in war-torn Artsakh in 2001. As an Armenian a part of the diaspora, Onnig was enraged and riveted from what he found in the human and local landscape of Shushi, Artsakh. The author writes his impressions and what it takes to transcend the legacy of hatred and xenophobia of Armenians that lingers through the Caucasus region.

A History of the Land of Artsakh

Robert H. Hewsen

This book confirms the presence of Armenians in Artsakh prior to the arrival of Russians in the region through historical evidence. It also provides descriptions on the Melik Wars, and the relations between Armenian meliks and Russian empire.

Northern Artsakh

Samvel Karapetian

This book was written in an effort to increase one’s knowledge of the occupied area of Artsakh, providing details of the northeastern part of Artsakh. 

History of Karabagh

George Bournoutian

This book contains historical information and sources about Karabagh.

Armenia And Karabagh

Christopher J. Walker

The book’s main focus is on the Nagarno-Karabagh and the neighboring country, Azerbaijan. This book provides an objective history of the Armenian people in relation to the USSR, Turkey, and Diaspora.

On the Right of Self-Determination of the Armenian People of Nagorno-Karabakh

Haig E. Asenbauer

Description: This book provides an overview of the legal and practical aspects of self determination and the international community’s responsibility to help a community with direct threat to its existence.