Nélida E. Boulgourdjian

Political Uses of Religion in Complex Contexts. The Soviet Republic of Armenia and the Armenian community in Argentina during the beginning of the Cold War

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Keywords: Armenians; Cold World; Argentina.

The present paper analyses the political uses of religion after the Sovietization of Armenian Republic and the first years of the Cold War until the death of Stalin in 1953 focusing in the Armenian community of Argentina. The interest of this community lies in its scarce visibility despite its relevance in the Western Diaspora - after the Armenian communities of France and the United States -, taking into account its number and the relevance of its institutional life from their creation to the present as well as its close link with the Republic of Armenia. The article focuses on the Armenian Apostolic Church as the axis of tensions between the diaspora and Armenia as well as within the diverse Armenian communities. We concentrate on the Armenian community in Argentina and the links of this community with Soviet Armenia during the Cold War, sometimes with fruitful exchanges, in others, tense including the relation with the Argentine State from the moment of the resumption of diplomatic relations with the ex USSR.

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