Robert H. Hewsen

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Robert H. Hewsen
Born 1934
New York City, US
Nationality United States
Fields History of Armenia and the Caucasus
Institutions Rowan University
Alma mater Georgetown University
Doctoral advisor Cyril Toumanoff
Known for Armenia: A Historical Atlas (2001)

Robert H. Hewsen (born 1934) is an American historian and Professor Emeritus of History at Rowan University. He is an expert on the ancient history of the South Caucasus.[1] Hewsen is the author of Armenia: A Historical Atlas (2001), a major reference book,[2] acclaimed as an important achievement in Armenian studies.[3][4]


Hewsen was born Robert H. Hewsenian[5] in New York City in 1934 to Armenian American parents. He spent seven years in Europe with the US Air Force and studying.[6] He received his B.A. in history from the University of Maryland and his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1967. The same year he joined the history department of Rowan University, where he taught Byzantine and Russian history for more than 30 years. After retiring from Rowan University in July 1999, Professor Hewsen lectured at University of Chicago, Columbia University, California State University, Fresno and University of California, Los Angeles.[7]

Professor Hewsen is also the co-founder and president of the Society for the Study of Caucasia.


Hewsen has written a multitude of books and articles on the history of the Caucasus, especially Armenia. Professor Hewsen's most recent publication is Armenia: A Historical Atlas (University of Chicago Press, 2001). The book received wide critical acclaim.[8][9] In his review Michael E. Stone wrote: "Robert Hewsen has prepared an opus magnum that has no rival in Armenian studies. This pioneering and largely definitive work is the best atlas of Armenia ever prepared."[3] Merrill D. Peterson wrote that it "may by itself be considered a monument of American scholarship."[10] Charles King wrote that the book is an "outstanding achievement not only as a geographical reference but also as a guide to the demographic and political history of the entire Caucasus."[11] Adam T. Smith wrote of the Atlas as "an important milestone in the development of Armenian studies."[4]

  • Armenia: A Historical Atlas. University of Chicago Press. 2001. ISBN 978-0-226-33228-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Ethno-history and the Armenian influence upon the Caucasian Albanians. Classical Armenian culture: Influence and creativity. Philadelphia: Scholars Press. 1982.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Book chapters
  • Samuelian, Thomas J.; Stone, Michael E., eds. (1984). "The Kingdom of Arc'ax". Medieval Armenian Culture (University of Pennsylvania Armenian Texts and Studies). Chico, California: Scholars Press. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  • "The Autumn Glossary". Armenian Review. 13 (3): 90–93. Autumn 1960.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "The Legend of Akhtamar (A Ballad)". Armenian Review. 12 (2): 64–66. Summer 1959.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Anatolia and Historical Concepts // The California Institute for Ancient Studies, a Velikovskian site


  1. de Waal, Thomas (2003). Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War. New York: New York University Press. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-8147-1945-9. ...the [Caucasian] Albanian question. Fortunately, Professor Robert Hewsen of Rowan College, New Jersey, the foremost expert on this period of Caucasian history, was able to advise.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Hovannisian, Richard G. (2002). Armenian Tsopk/Kharpert. Mazda Publishers. p. xiv. ...and recently published Armenia: A Historical Atlas, a major reference work with an extensive bibliography.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Armenia: A Historical Atlas by Robert H. Hewsen Review by: Michael E. Stone". Slavic Review. 62 (1): 174–175. Spring 2003.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Smith, Adam T. (2004). Tsetskhladze,Gocha, ed. Ancient West and East, Volume 3. Brill. pp. 186–188.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Volume 12 (1959-1960)". The Armenian Review. Archived from the original on August 18, 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Biographical note in Ararat magazine, 1961
  7. "News of Members". Armenian Studies Program, California State University, Fresno. Archived from the original on 18 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Armenia: A Historical Atlas by Robert H. Hewsen Review by: Nicholas B. Breyfogle". Russian Review. 66 (1): 136–137. January 2007. Robert Hewsen is to be vigorously applauded for the publication of his historical atlas of Armenia.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Whitby, Mary (2007). Byzantines and Crusaders in Non-Greek Sources, 1025-1204. British Academy. p. 203. Excellent atlas that, despite its title, encompasses the whole of Caucasia, including the various Georgian lands.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Peterson, Merrill D. (2004). "Starving Armenians": America and the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1930 and After. University of Virginia Press. p. 174.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. King, Charles. The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus: A History of the Caucasus. Oxford University Press. p. 269.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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