Ambassador Morgenthau's Story

Ambassador Morgenthau's Story

by Henry Morgenthau III
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814329799

ISBN-13: 9780814329795

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

Originally published in 1918, Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story is one of the most insightful and compelling accounts of what became a recurring horror during the twentieth century: ethnic cleansing and genocide. While he served as the U.S. ambassador to the Ottoman Empire under Woodrow Wilson from 1913 to 1916, Henry Morgenthau witnessed the rise of a new

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Originally published in 1918, Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story is one of the most insightful and compelling accounts of what became a recurring horror during the twentieth century: ethnic cleansing and genocide. While he served as the U.S. ambassador to the Ottoman Empire under Woodrow Wilson from 1913 to 1916, Henry Morgenthau witnessed the rise of a new nationalism in Turkey, one that declared "Turkey for the Turks." He grew alarmed as he received reports from missionaries and consuls in the interior of Turkey that described deportation and massacre of the Armenians. The ambassador beseeched the U.S. government to intervene, but it refrained, leaving Morgenthau without official leverage. His recourse was to appeal personally to the consciences of Ottoman rulers and their German allies; when that failed, he drew international media attention to the genocide and spearheaded private relief efforts.

"The power of Morgenthau’s book to move and instruct us eighty years after its publication," writes Roger Smith in his introduction, "is intimately connected with its truthfulness about the atrocities and the men behind them, but also about the capacities of humans to commit enormous evil with a light heart." The memoir also documents the beginnings of U.S. interest in international human rights as well as patterns and symptoms of genocidal tendencies, foreshadowing most notably the Nazi Holocaust.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814329795
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
333
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Editor's Note
Foreword: "An Old Practice in Its Modern Development"
Introduction
Preface
IA German Superman at Constantinople3
IIThe "Boss System" in the Ottoman Empire and how it proved useful to Germany14
III"The personal representative of the Kaiser." Wangenheim opposes the sale of American warships to Greece29
IVGermany mobilizes the Turkish army43
VWangenheim smuggles the Goeben and the Breslau through the Dardanelles48
VIWangenheim tells the American Ambassador how the Kaiser started the war58
VIIGermany's plans for new territories, coaling stations, and indemnities63
VIIIA classic instance of German propaganda67
IXGermany closes the Dardanelles and so separates Russia from her Allies73
XTurkey's abrogation of the capitulations. Enver living in a palace, with plenty of money and an imperial bride78
XIGermany forces Turkey into the war86
XIIThe Turks attempt to treat alien enemies decently, but the Germans insist on persecuting them91
XIIIThe invasion of the Notre Dame de Sion School102
XIVWangenheim and the Bethlehem Steel Company. A "Holy War" that was made in Germany109
XVDjemal, a troublesome Mark Antony. The first German attempt to get a German peace119
XVIThe Turks prepare to flee from Constantinople and establish a new capital in Asia Minor. The Allied fleet bombarding the Dardanelles128
XVIIEnver as the man who demonstrated "the vulnerability of the British fleet." Old-fashioned defenses of the Dardanelles140
XVIIIThe Allied armada sails away, though on the brink of victory151
XIXA fight for three thousand civilians161
XXMore adventures of the foreign residents175
XXIBulgaria on the auction block181
XXIIThe Turk reverts to the ancestral type190
XXIIIThe "Revolution" at Van202
XXIVThe murder of a nation207
XXVTalaat tells why he "deports" the Armenians224
XXVIEnver Pasha discusses the Armenians235
XXVII"I shall do nothing for the Armenians," says the German Ambassador250
XXVIIIEnver again moves for peace. Farewell to the Sultan and to Turkey264
XXIXVon Jagow, Zimmermann, and German-Americans272
Epilogue: The Rest of the Story281
Index317

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