|About the Book|
The Amiras were a powerful class of Armenian commercial, industrial and professional elites in the Ottoman capital between the 18th and 19th centuries. They ran the treasury, mint and armaments factories, built palaces, mosques and public buildings, and operated many monopolies. Because of their unique position, they had good relations with Ottoman Sultans and administrators and played an important role in the development of the Armenian and Armenian Catholic millets.Pascal Carmonts The Amiras: Lords of Ottoman Armenia is a sympathetic portrayal of these intrepid Armenians based on written sources and the authors contacts with their descendants.Pascal Carmont (1928-2011) was a French diplomat of Armenian origin -and a descendant of the Amiras of Constantinople. His work, Les Amiras: Seigneurs de lArmenie ottoman originally appeared in French in 1999.