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An Armenophile (Armenian: Հայասիրություն) is a non-Armenian person who expresses a strong interest in or appreciation for Armenian culture, Armenian History or the Armenian people. It may apply to both those who display an enthusiasm in Armenian culture and to those who support political or social causes associated with the Armenian people. During and after the First World War and simultaneous Armenian Genocide, the term was applied to people like Henry Morgenthau who aggressively drew attention to the victims of massacre and deportation, and who raised aid[1] for refugees. President Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt[2] have also been called Armenophiles, due in part to their support for the creation of Wilsonian Armenia. In modern usage, the term is sometimes used as an accusation of bias, especially when applied to those who support Recognition of the Armenian Genocide or those who support Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Armenophilism is considered an antonym of Anti-Armenianism.

Notable Armenophiles[edit]

The following people have been described as Armenophiles for varying reasons.

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  3. ^ Appendix A "During the reign of David the Restorer (1089-1125), Georgia became a haven for Armenian lords and lordless azats . Matthew of Edessa says that David "received and loved the Armenian people. The remnants of the Armenian forces assembled by him" (7) ."
  4. ^ Ternon. Les Arméniens, pp. 159-62
  5. ^ Grabill, Joseph L. (1971). Protestant Diplomacy and the Near East: Missionary Influence on American Policy, 1810-1927. University of Minnesota Press. p. 112. ISBN 1452911312. "He led the Armenophile lobby in Britain partly because of his Chrisitan idealism." 
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  7. ^ Zeeman, Peter (1988). The later poetry of Osip Mandelstam: text and context. Amsterdam: Rodopi. p. 28. ISBN 9789051830286.