Anahide Ter Minassian

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Anahide Ter Minassian
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Anahide Kévonian

August 26, 1929
DiedFebruary 11, 2019
Occupationhistorian, writer
Known forModern Armenian history
SpouseLeon Ter Minassian

Anahide Ter Minassian born Anahide Kévonian (August 26, 1929 – February 11, 2019) was a French historian of Armenian origin who specialised in modern Armenian history, particularly the pre- and post-Soviet period of Armenian history, and the Armenian revolutionary movement.[1]


Ter Minassian was born in Paris in 1929. Her stateless Armenian parents were Levon Kévonian and Armenouhie Der-Garabédian, who taught her Armenian and refused to send her to a French school until she was seven. She would in time marry the son of Armenian statesman Ruben Ter-Minasian, Leon Ter Minassian,[1] who was also a stateless Armenian. They had four children, including historian Taline Ter Minassian.[2]

She went to the Sorbonne where she studied History and Geography and she became a lecturer at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales [fr] and at Paris I University.[2] In 1969 she went to work at the Sorbonne.[3]

After 40 years of service, she was made a knight of the légion d'honneur in 2015.[4]

Ter Minassian died in Fresnes in 2019.[1] In 2020 a book of Vahé Oshagan's poetry, "Onction", was published in French. His poetry had been translated from Armenian by Ter Minassian.[5]


  • La Question Arménienne (Marseille, 1983)[6]
  • Nationalism and Socialism in the Armenian Revolutionary Movement (1887-1912) (Cambridge, Mass., 1984)
  • 1918-1920-La République d’Arménie (Bruxelles, 1989, 2006)
  • Histoires croisées: diaspora, Arménie, Transcaucasie (Marseille, 1997)
  • Smyrne, la ville oubliée?: mémoires d’un grand port ottoman, 1830-1930 (editions Autrement, 2006)
  • Nos terres d’enfance, l’Arménie des souvenirs, avec Houri Varjabédian (Marseille, 2010)


  1. ^ a b c "French-Armenian Historian Anahide Ter Minassian Dies at 85". The Armenian Weekly. 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  2. ^ a b Mirror-Spectator, The Armenian (2019-02-14). "Obituary: Prof. Anahide Ter Minassian, Noted Historian". The Armenian Mirror-Spectator. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  3. ^ Anahide Ter Minassian (in Turkish).
  4. ^ Décret du 31 décembre 2015 portant promotion et nomination, retrieved 2019-12-06
  5. ^ "Onction". Editions Parenthèses (in French). Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  6. ^ "La question arménienne". Editions Parenthèses (in French). Retrieved 2019-12-06.