Bruce Anderson

The tragedy of Armenia (and its brandy)

Soviet power is not good for one's spirits

It's hard not to feel sorry for a country like Armenia [Getty Images/iStockphoto]

It is impossible not to sympathise with Armenia. It has spent much of its history between the hammer and the anvil, trying to fend off imperial predators and usually failing. What if the Armenians had inhabited the British Isles? Apart from the savage Irish in their bogs and cabins, the main enemy would have been the French, whose malevolence could be drowned in the English Channel.

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