From Empire to Republic: Turkish Nationalism and the Armenian Genocide by Taner AkçamTaner Akçam is one of the first Turkish academics to acknowledge and discuss openly the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman-Turkish government in 1915. This book discusses western political policies towards the region generally, and represents the first serious scholarly attempt to understand the Genocide from a perpetrator rather than victim perspective, and to contextualize those events within Turkeys political history. By refusing to acknowledge the fact of genocide, successive Turkish governments not only perpetuate massive historical injustice, but also pose a fundamental obstacle to Turkeys democratization today.
Facts Of The Armenian Genocide - (with Documents) - [English / 1915]
From Empire to Republic
Academic journal article The Middle East Journal. In , the Polish Jewish international lawyer Raphael Lemkin created the word genocide, referring to two modern archetypal cases: the ongoing destruction of European Jewry and the massacre of the Armenians by the government of the Ottoman Empire during World War One. The historical record on the Armenian Genocide makes it clear that beginning in , the leaders of the Ottoman Empire, the Committee of Union and Progress CUP , under the cover of the World War, ordered the deportation and massacre of the Armenian population. The killing lasted until well after the end of the war in and did not subside until , resulting in approximately 1. German, Austrian, French, British, American, Russian and other archives contain large numbers of documents on the extent of the destruction, yet since the earliest years of the founding of the Republic of Turkey, discussion of the Armenian Genocide has been a taboo topic, with access to Turkish archives tightly controlled. In the past, those who have attempted to broach the subject have been prosecuted, jailed and had their publications seized. People carrying maps with the word "Armenia" have been harassed and even arrested.
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The murder of more than one million Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish government in has been acknowledged as genocide. Yet almost years later, these crimes remain unrecognized by the Turkish state. This book is the first attempt by a Turk to understand the genocide from a perpetrator's, rather than victim's, perspective, and to contextualize the events of within Turkey's political history and western regional policies.
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