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 background 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 the following 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 used to be taking place at the eve of the disaster; pictures of the perpetrators; distinctive money owed 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 entire paintings that strikes past nationalist grasp narratives and provides a extra entire knowing of this tragic occasion
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Armenian political parties, particularly the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutiun) worked to keep the plight of dispersed Armenians before the public, and the image of “starving Armenians” was familiar in American and European media. 42 With the Soviet republic as the only existing Armenian political presence, there was little incentive for Western governments to deal with this matter. In the new republic of Turkey there was a cold silence about the events of the late Ottoman period beyond the heroic nationalist narrative of Kemalist resistance to foreign aggression.
Turkey’s mildly Islamist government, facing the “deep state” of the military and Kemalist elite, was forced to take a hard line on the Armenian issue. The question of the genocide became even more difﬁcult either to suppress or to resolve. The path on which scholars had tentatively tread turned into a perilous mineﬁeld. No matter how hard we tried to keep the question of genocide conﬁned to scholarship, it could not be kept from the public sphere. While we are as yet unable to express a clear unanimity on whether or not the events of 1915 constitute a genocide, a shared sense of what happened and why has been established.
His vision of his native country, however, was of a modern democratic, tolerant state, the eastern edge of Europe, in which his own people, the Armenians, could live together with Turks, Kurds, Jews, Greeks, and the other peoples who had coexisted, however uneasily, in the cosmopolitan empire out of which the Turkish Republic had emerged. What he could not tolerate was the denial of the shared history of those peoples, a history that involved not only the mass killing of Armenians but the ongoing repression of Kurds.