The Armenian Genocide: Cultural and Ethical Legacies

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Overview

World War I was a watershed, a defining moment, in Armenian history. Its effects were unprecedented in that it resulted in what no other war, invasion, or occupation had achieved in three thousand years of identifiable Armenian existence. This calamity was the physical elimination of the Armenian people and most of the evidence of their ever having lived on the great Armenian Plateau, to which the perpetrator side soon gave the new name of Eastern Anatolia. The bearers of an impressive martial and cultural history, the Armenians had also known repeated trials and tribulations, waves of massacre, captivity, and exile, but even in the darkest of times there had always been enough remaining to revive, rebuild, and go forward.

This third volume in a series edited by Richard Hovannisian, the dean of Armenian historians, provides a unique fusion of the history, philosophy, literature, art, music, and educational aspects of the Armenian experience. It further provides a rich storehouse of information on comparative dimensions of the Armenian genocide in relation to the Assyrian, Greek and Jewish situations, and beyond that, paradoxes in American and French policy responses to the Armenian genocides. The volume concludes with a trio of essays concerning fundamental questions of historiography and politics that either make possible or can inhibit reconciliation of ancient truths and righting ancient wrongs.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This volume is unusual in its richness and originality of conception. Hovannisian commissioned 24 essays on all aspects of the legacy of the Armenian genocide, which is the prototype of the several nation-killing that stained the 20th century. Recommended."

—K.Tölölyan, Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765803672
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 461
  • Sales rank: 1,457,179
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard G. Hovannisian is distinguished professor of Armenian and Near Eastern history at the University of California, Los Angeles. He served as the associate director of the G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies from 1978 to 1995. A member of the UCLA faculty since 1962, he has organized the undergraduate and graduate programs in Armenian and Caucasian history. In 1987, Professor Hovannisian was appointed the first holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History at the UCLA. Among his many works, Hovannisian is the author of Armenia on the Road to Independence, The Republic of Armenia (in three volumes), The Armenian Holocaust and he has edited and contributed to The Armenian Image in History and Literature, The Armenian Genocide in Perspective, The Armenian Genocide: History, Politics, Ethics; The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times, and Remembrance and Denial: The Case of the Armenian Genocide (1998).

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
History and Philosophy
The Armenian Genocide: Wartime Radicalization or Premeditated Continuum?   Richard Hovannisian     3
Philosophy and the Age of Genocide: Reflections on the Armenian Genocide   Michael Papazian     19
Rethinking Dehumanization in Genocide   Henry C. Theriault     27
Testimony: From Document to Monument   Marc Nichanian     41
Literature, Art, Film, and Music
Across the Chasm: From Catastrophe to Creativity   Barlow Der Mugrdechian     65
The Armenian Genocide in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake   Marc Aram Mamigonian     81
Historical Memory: Threading the Contemporary Literature of Armenia   Rubina Peroomian     97
Leon Tutundjian-Trauma in Art   Jean Murachanian     121
Historicization of the Armenian Catastrophe: From the Concrete to the Mythical   Hrag Varjabedian     143
The Diasporic Witness: Reconstruction of Testimony by Contemporary Los Angeles Artists   Ramela Grigorian Abbamontian     177
Musical Perspectives on the Armenian Genocide: From Aznavour to "System of a Down"   Jack Der-Sarkissian     213
Education
"No Mandate Left Behind"? Genocide Education in the Era of High-Stakes Testing   Nicole E. Vartanian     229
Teaching about the Armenian Genocide   Adam Strom     239
Exposure of the Armenian Genocide in Cyberspace: A Comparative Analysis   Hagop Gulludjian     245
Comparative Dimensions
The Assyrian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire and Adjacent Territories   Anahit Khosroeva     267
Greek Labor Battalions in Asia Minor   Speros Vryonis, Jr.     275
Comparative Aspects of the Armenian and Jewish Cases of Genocide   Tigran Matosyan     291
The Armenian Genocide in the Syrian Press   Nora Arissian     303
A Legacy of Paradox: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Armenian Genocide   Suzanne E. Moranian     309
French Society and the Armenian Genocide   Philippe Videlier     325
Historiography and Reconciliation
Turkish Historiography and the Unbearable Weight of 1915   Fatma Muge Gocek     337
Venturing into the Minefield: Turkish Liberal Historiography and the Armenian Genocide   Bedross Der Matossian     369
Can Memory of Genocide Lead to Reconciliation?   Elazar Barkan     389
Anatomy of Post-Genocide Reconciliation   Simon Payaslian     409
About the Contributors     429
Index     435
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