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Document Details :
Title: The Historiography of Armenian Architecture
Subtitle: Josef Strzygowski, Austria and Armenia
Author(s): MARANCI, Ch.
Journal: Revue des Études Arméniennes
Volume: 28 Date: 2001-2002
In 1918, Josef Strzygowski wrote the foundational work on the history of Armenian architecture, Die Baukunst der Armenier und Europa. Drawing from the records of Armenian architect T‘oros T‘oramanyan, Strzygowski formulated a monumental comparative study in which he defined Armenia's position within the architectural developments of Byzantium, Iran, and Western Europe. As many scholars have noted, Strzygowski's thesis is problematic, mainly because of his inventive attitude towards chronology and his overtly racist interpretation of architecture.