By Raymond Kévorkian

The Armenian Genocide used to be one of many maximum atrocities of the 20 th century, an episode within which as much as 1.5 million Armenians misplaced their lives. during this significant new background, the popular historian Raymond Kévorkian presents an authoritative account of the origins, occasions and outcomes of the years 1915 and 1916. He considers the function that the Armenian Genocide performed within the building of the Turkish country kingdom and Turkish identification, in addition to exploring the ideologies of energy, rule and nation violence. Crucially, he examines the results of the violence opposed to the Armenians, the consequences of deportations and makes an attempt to deliver those that devoted the atrocities to justice.

Kévorkian deals an in depth and meticulous checklist, offering an authoritative research of the occasions and their influence upon the Armenian group itself, in addition to the improvement of the Turkish state.  this significant booklet will function an imperative source to historians of the interval, in addition to these wishing to appreciate the heritage of genocidal violence extra generally.

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80 The Cairo newspaper Türk, the organ of the Egyptian branch of the Young Turk movement, edited by Ali Kemal,81 developed a still more radical nationalist ideology. “One day in the future,” it wrote, history, the eternal mirror of the truth of events, will precisely show that one nation that has been unjustly confronted with the entire world’s enmity is the Turks ... ” We glimpse here the foundations of the Young Turks’ ideological edifice, which associated consciousness of the past and of history with pain, but also with the frustration bred by the end of a golden age, which the new Turks dreamed of restoring in the guise of a modern state.

In fall 1908, the coalition’s organ denounced the prince’s political line, since, union with the non-Turkish opponents of the sultan was chimerical: “If a Christian ... is an Armenian, he dreams about the establishment of an independent Armenia ... Now the Bulgarians and the Armenians are engaged in armed rebellion. ”76 Unremarkable and widespread among the members of the coalition, these views show the similarity between their discourse and the Sublime Porte’s when it came to the question of the nationalities – that is, the territorial integrity of the empire.

Akir, who had only recently arrived in Paris, noted that the prince’s program would inevitably bring on division of the empire, would benefit non-Turks above all others, and could only be realized at the Turks’ expense. ” The Unionists also flung an accusation at the prince that they believed robbed him of all credibility and legitimacy – namely, that he had Georgian blood in his veins. ” Şakir went so far as to accuse the prince of accepting the principle that Christians were superior to Muslims, then launched an attack on the Armenian Committees.

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