Ambassador Morgenthau's Story

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Overview

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: 7/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 333
  • Sales rank: 1,313,508
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Balakian is the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities and a professor of English at Colgate University, where he was the first director of the Center for Ethics and World Societies. He is the author of the prize-winning memoir Black Dog of Fate.

Robert Jay Lifton, one of the most distinguished social critics and psycho-historians writing today and is Visiting Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

Roger W. Smith is a professor of Government at the College of William and Mary and is the president of the Association of Genocide Scholars of North America.

Henry Morgenthau III is a retired television producer and writer.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Editor's Note
Foreword: "An Old Practice in Its Modern Development"
Introduction
Preface
I A German Superman at Constantinople 3
II The "Boss System" in the Ottoman Empire and how it proved useful to Germany 14
III "The personal representative of the Kaiser." Wangenheim opposes the sale of American warships to Greece 29
IV Germany mobilizes the Turkish army 43
V Wangenheim smuggles the Goeben and the Breslau through the Dardanelles 48
VI Wangenheim tells the American Ambassador how the Kaiser started the war 58
VII Germany's plans for new territories, coaling stations, and indemnities 63
VIII A classic instance of German propaganda 67
IX Germany closes the Dardanelles and so separates Russia from her Allies 73
X Turkey's abrogation of the capitulations. Enver living in a palace, with plenty of money and an imperial bride 78
XI Germany forces Turkey into the war 86
XII The Turks attempt to treat alien enemies decently, but the Germans insist on persecuting them 91
XIII The invasion of the Notre Dame de Sion School 102
XIV Wangenheim and the Bethlehem Steel Company. A "Holy War" that was made in Germany 109
XV Djemal, a troublesome Mark Antony. The first German attempt to get a German peace 119
XVI The Turks prepare to flee from Constantinople and establish a new capital in Asia Minor. The Allied fleet bombarding the Dardanelles 128
XVII Enver as the man who demonstrated "the vulnerability of the British fleet." Old-fashioned defenses of the Dardanelles 140
XVIII The Allied armada sails away, though on the brink of victory 151
XIX A fight for three thousand civilians 161
XX More adventures of the foreign residents 175
XXI Bulgaria on the auction block 181
XXII The Turk reverts to the ancestral type 190
XXIII The "Revolution" at Van 202
XXIV The murder of a nation 207
XXV Talaat tells why he "deports" the Armenians 224
XXVI Enver Pasha discusses the Armenians 235
XXVII "I shall do nothing for the Armenians," says the German Ambassador 250
XXVIII Enver again moves for peace. Farewell to the Sultan and to Turkey 264
XXIX Von Jagow, Zimmermann, and German-Americans 272
Epilogue: The Rest of the Story 281
Index 317
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