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A Question of Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of by Ronald Grigor Suny, Fatma Müge Göçek, Norman M. Naimark

By Ronald Grigor Suny, Fatma Müge Göçek, Norman M. Naimark

100 years after the deportations and mass homicide of Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, and different peoples within the ultimate years of the Ottoman Empire, the heritage of the Armenian genocide is a sufferer of historic distortion, state-sponsored falsification, and deep divisions among Armenians and Turks. operating jointly for the 1st time, Turkish, Armenian, and different students current the following a compelling reconstruction of what occurred and why.

This quantity gathers the main updated scholarship on Armenian genocide, taking a look at how the development has been written approximately in Western and Turkish historiographies; what used to be taking place at the eve of the disaster; snap shots of the perpetrators; exact bills of the massacres; how the development has been perceived in either neighborhood and overseas contexts, together with global warfare I; and reflections at the broader implications of what occurred then. the result's a accomplished paintings that strikes past nationalist grasp narratives and gives a extra whole figuring out of this tragic occasion

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A Question of Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire

100 years after the deportations and mass homicide of Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, and different peoples within the ultimate years of the Ottoman Empire, the heritage of the Armenian genocide is a sufferer of ancient distortion, state-sponsored falsification, and deep divisions among Armenians and Turks.

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Unperturbed by about a hundred nationalist 8 Introduction protestors outside who occasionally threw eggs or tomatoes and despite a lone woman protestor in the hall, participants heard accounts of Armenian life in Ottoman Anatolia, the evacuation of some three thousand Armenian communities, the international media coverage of the 1915 events, rival interpretations of the famous Ottoman Bank incident and the Adana massacres of 1909, and the “demographic engineering” of the Young Turks. Much discussion centered on the evolution of Turkish nationalist views generated in the Kemalist republic on the events of World War I and the way in which progressively a silence enveloped the memory of what happened to the Armenians.

His subtle, rounded portraits of these men betray both fascination with them as persons and abhorrence at their deeds. He probed their psychology in a vain attempt to comprehend their actions. The hulking figure of Tâlât, broad backed, with iron grip, was particularly intriguing to Morgenthau. Tâlât rose from humble origins, beginning as a mailman and then a telegraph operator; he was not an ethnic Turk and was uninspired by Islam or any religion. 10 By the time the ambassador befriended him, Tâlât had become disillusioned about the possibility of reform in the Ottoman Empire.

These two countries and their peoples, at home and in the diaspora, are fated to live side by side as they have for half a millennium in the past, their destinies intertwined, their senses of self intimately wrapped up in the other. For historians, who have done so much to construct the pasts with which each nation now lives, the task of reconstruction has become imperative. Essentializing the other as irremediably evil leads to the endless repetition of the debilitating conflicts and deceptions of the last century.

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