Volume I of The Armenian General Benevolent Union: One Hundred Years of History is an overview of the AGBU’s activities since its foundation in 1906 up to its first ventures in 1940s. Based on rich archival material, original pictures, videos and timelines, the e-Book covers AGBU’s mission, its humanitarian activities during the Armenian Genocide and in the post-WW I period. The readers learn about AGBU’s support for Genocide survivors and orphans, AGBU’s reorganization and relocation to Paris, its collaboration with the Soviet Armenia, and ongoing activities in the Middle East. Located in wider context of Armenian history, the e-Book is an excellent resource for those who want to trace the formation of post- Genocide Armenian Diaspora and the reconstruction of the Armenian World, and the difficult relations between the Diaspora and the Soviet Armenia.
Volume II of The Armenian General Benevolent Union: One Hundred Years of History is an overview of the Armenian General Benevolent Union activities from 1941 up to 2006. Informed by archival material and first-hand accounts, original pictures, audio and video material, the e-Book pays particular attention to the vast program for the construction of schools, cultural and athletic centers. It glances at the crisis in the Middle East and its impact on Armenians, and illustrates AGBU’s ongoing relations with the Soviet Armenia, and later also the independent Republic of Armenia. The final chapters list AGBU’s programs and financial activities globally.