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An Armenophile (Armenian: հայասեր, hayaser, lit. "Armenian-lover")[1] 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 actively drew attention to the victims of massacre and deportation, and who raised aid for refugees. President Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt 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 (particularly in Turkey and Azerbaijan) as an allegation of bias, especially when applied to those who actively support recognition of the Armenian Genocide or those who support the Armenian position in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

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  1. ^ Petrosian, Irina; Underwood, David (2006). Armenian Food: Fact, Fiction & Folklore. Bloomington, Indiana: Yerkir Publishing. p. 12. ISBN 978-1411698659. 
  2. ^ 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".
  3. ^ Mesrobian, Arpena (10 January 1973). "Lord Byron at the Armenian Monastery on San Lazzaro". Syracuse University. 
  4. ^ Reynolds, Michael A. (2011). Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires 1908–1918. Cambridge University Press. p. 202. ISBN 9781139494120. ...Vorontsov-Dashkov's Armenophile policies... 
  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. 
  6. ^ Fromkin, David (2010). A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East. Macmillan. p. 214. The Liberal statesman, historian, and jurist, James Bryce, a pro-Armenian 
  7. ^ Peterson, Merrill D. (2004). "Starving Armenians": America and the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1930 and After. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. p. 78. ISBN 978-0813922676. The idea captured the imagination of Theodore Roosevelt, an ardent, even hawkish Armenophile.... 
  8. ^ Palakʻean, Grigoris (2010). Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1918. New York: Vintage Books. p. 20. ISBN 978-1400096770. ...a well-known Armenophile, Dr. Johannes Lepsius... 
  9. ^ Gust, Wolfgang. "Magical Square: Johannes Lepsius, Germany and Armenia". Vicar Johannes Lepsius was without doubt the German who knew the most about the Armenians for he had been supporting their cause vehemently since the massacres of the Armenians by Sultan Abdul Hamid at the end of the 19th century. 
  10. ^ Zeeman, Peter (1988). The later poetry of Osip Mandelstam: text and context. Amsterdam: Rodopi. p. 28. ISBN 9789051830286. 
  11. ^ "Hovik Abrahamyan Welcomes Baroness Caroline Cox". Government of the Republic of Armenia. 17 September 2014. The Prime Minister praised the pro-Armenian activities of Caroline Cox.... 
  12. ^ Danielyan, Emil (23 January 2007). "U.S. unable to name new Armenia envoy amid genocide row". Jamestown Foundation. ...Adam Schiff (D-CA), another pro-Armenian congressman, said on December 25. 
  13. ^ "Knights, Daughters of Vartan to Honor ‘Man and Woman of Year’ at National Convocation". Armenian Weekly. 19 June 2014. Schiff is one of the most influential and Armenian-friendly U.S. Congressmen in Washington. 
  14. ^ "French Lawmakers Visit Karabakh". RFE/RL Armenian Service. 27 May 2013. A pro-Armenian member of that group, Valerie Boyer.... 
  15. ^ "French Parliament to establish a friendship group with Artsakh. Who’s next?". Public Radio of Armenia. 20 March 2013. MP Valerie Boyer.