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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 old distortion, state-sponsored falsification, and deep divisions among Armenians and Turks. operating jointly for the 1st time, Turkish, Armenian, and different students current right here a compelling reconstruction of what occurred and why.

This quantity gathers the main up to date scholarship on Armenian genocide, how the development has been written approximately in Western and Turkish historiographies; what was once occurring at the eve of the disaster; graphics of the perpetrators; exact debts 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 complete paintings that strikes past nationalist grasp narratives and provides a extra whole knowing of this tragic occasion

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37 Morgenthau ended the book where he began, with the question of Germany’s role in the war and the Armenian massacres. He reported that the German Ambassador, Baron Hans Freiherr von Wangenheim, denounced the Armenians for the unprovoked rebellion in Van, considered them traitorous vermin, and declared, “I will help the Zionists, . . ”38 “The Armenians,” the German ambassador claimed, “have shown themselves in this war to be enemies of the Turks. ” Wangenheim sent a formal note of protest to the Porte on July 4, 1915, but refused to intervene further with the Turks.

There was no intention or effort by the Young Turk regime to eliminate the Armenians as a people. Even though the denialist account fails both empirically and morally, its claims shaped much of the debate. Many historians sympathetic to the Armenians shied away from explanations that might place any blame at all on the victims of Turkish policies. Because a nuanced account of the background and causes of the genocide seemed to concede ground to the deniers, Armenian scholars in particular were reluctant to see any rationale in the acts of the Young Turks.

For the genocide scholar Roger W. 4 Morgenthau, then, is the proper place to begin to understand how the history of what later would be called “genocide” has been written by eyewitnesses, by diplomats in their dispatches, by missionaries and soldiers in letters and memoirs, and eventually by professional historians. 15 16 Historiographies of the Genocide Morgenthau’s book was a product of its time. ”7 While hardly the propaganda piece that his critics have claimed, the memoir reveals a mind fiercely engaged in the trauma of war and mass murder, with unguarded expression of the kind of essentialist views of national character that determined the understanding of human motivation in those years.

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