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Neil Hauer is an independent analyst focused on Syria, Russia, and the Caucasus. Based in Tbilisi, Georgia, he served as senior intelligence analyst at The SecDev Group, an Ottawa-based geopolitical risk consultancy, for three years. He is presently engaged primarily on Russia’s role in the Syrian conflict.
The Ottoman History Podcast is a gargantuan project that is one of the longest-running podcast series out there. Established in 2011 by Chris Gratien and Emra Safah Gurkan, the podcast has grown to over four hundred episodes and now includes a full editorial staff. What began as a project focused strictly on the Ottoman era has now expanded to include the Turkish Republic period as well.
This episode focuses on the remaining legacy of the Armenians of Anatolia and the Ottoman Empire following their large-scale dispersal in the Armenian Genocide. Art historian Heghnar Watenpaugh explains the history of the Zeytun Gospels, a medieval Armenian manuscript that survived the genocide and was passed through numerous families. Now existing in two half split between Los Angeles and Yerevan, the manuscript's journey serves as a metaphor for the sundered Ottoman Armenian population itself.
The Ottoman History Podcast has an impeccable pedigree and serves as a great inspiration to any seeking to update their history of the region.