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How Did I Survive? by Artavazd M. Minasyan

Editor(s): Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan

Book Description

How Did I Survive? is a book of memoirs of Professor Artavazd M. Minasyan. It is a tale of one man’s life and his survival despite all odds. It is a story that inspires life and hope. It is a story in which good ultimately prevails over evil. It is also a tale of a country that has lived through decades of controversies, destruction and injustice.

The author unveils intricate details of his time, describing his fight for survival and what inspired and gave him strength to go on. Professor A. M. Minasyan was an optimist in his tireless and principled struggle for justice in life and in science. Indeed, the book is a story of his iron will and immense belief in, love for and appreciation of the gift of life, whether in the days of hungry childhood, or enduring through Stalin’s purges, or facing the enemy one-on-one during World War II, or struggling in peacetime for the right to voice alternative views in science.

Covering the period of approximately eighty years from the early 1910s to the early 1990s the narrative coincides with the author’s life-journey, touching upon every significant event of the time and the author’s personal involvement in each case. These situations are not told in simple chronological enumeration, but are enriched with complex nuances. They are analyzed through the prism of time and the author’s adherence to dialectical critique. Hence one man’s life becomes the reflection of the life of the entire country. In this book it happens to be the life of Professor Artavazd M. Minasyan, whose dedication to his family, country, and science was far greater than words could describe.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8601-0
ISBN-10: 1-84718-601-7
Date of Publication: 01/06/2008
Pages / Size: 180 / A5
Price: £24.99


Artavazd M. Minasyan (01/21/1913–05/23/1993) was a Doctor of Philosophy Sciences, a Professor, and renowned Soviet philosopher, and one of the founders of the modern dialectic philosophy school in southern Russia. Professor Minasyan made an immense contribution to the scientific content of philosophy through his numerous research articles, monographs, textbooks, and conference presentations. His work focused on dialectics as logic and cognition theory. An outspoken critic, Professor Minasyan possessed a unique gift of analytical foresight and encyclopaedic knowledge. A grandson of a respected village priest in Armenia’s Zangezur province, and an active participant in the Soviet Army’s major World War II battles and a true patriot, Professor Minasyan possessed the mind, the soul and the heart of a principled and compassionate individual driven by his unshaken will, self-discipline and unyielding desire for truth. Professor Minasyan was a thinker of the highest rank and calibre, dedicating his entire life to true cognition. His ideas and teachings live on in his students’ work in the Minasyan tradition across the globe.

Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University in New York City. He is a Vincentian Research Fellow at the Vincentian Centre for Church and Society, Research Fellow at the Center for Global Business Stewardship, and Economics Subject Matter Expert for the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York. Dr Gevorkyan is a professional economist with extensive research and teaching experience in macroeconomic policy, economic development, and financial economics, as well as managerial background in financial consulting. Dr Gevorkyan is the author of Innovative Fiscal Policy and Economic Development in Transition Economies (Routledge, 2011) and co-editor (with Otaviano Canuto) of Financial Deepening and Post-Crisis Development in Emerging Markets (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7598-1
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7598-8
Date of Publication: 01/06/2015
Pages / Size: 199 / A5
Price: £19.99