The Armenian Massacres, 1894-1896: U.S. Media Testimony

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The 1915 massacre of the Armenians by reactionary Ottoman Government foreshadowed a horrifying trend of genocide that would characterize much of the twentieth century. Yet not so much is known about the Armenian massacres of the 1890s and how they set the stage for the events of 1915. This compilation of articles, published in the U.S. periodicals between 1895 and 1899, reflects the deep concern of the American public for the Armenian people, and also offers a fascinating window onto the world politics of the ...

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The 1915 massacre of the Armenians by reactionary Ottoman Government foreshadowed a horrifying trend of genocide that would characterize much of the twentieth century. Yet not so ... much is known about the Armenian massacres of the 1890s and how they set the stage for the events of 1915. This compilation of articles, published in the U.S. periodicals between 1895 and 1899, reflects the deep concern of the American public for the Armenian people, and also offers a fascinating window onto the world politics of the time—especially on the challenges of coordinating international action once news of the massacres began to emerge. Throughout these thirty-five reprinted articles, written by American diplomats, missionaries, journalists, religious and public figures, and scientists, the plight of the Armenian people unfolds. Not only do readers learn of the Armenian struggle for equality and, ultimately, independence from the Ottoman Empire, but they also discover rich evidence about the Armenians themselves, their Church, instabilities within the Empire, and charitable efforts spearheaded by American Christian missionaries. The language and tone of these articles from over a century ago do reflect U.S. and European attitudes of the time, which were influenced by the perception of the Empire’s Sultan Abdul Hammid II as the ultimate anti-Christian, pan-Islamic Ottoman ruler. But the overall humanitarian impulses of these writers are evident, and we see the beginnings of an Armenian-U.S. relationship that would strengthen over the course of the twentieth century. Read more Show Less

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The 1915 massacre of the Armenians by reactionary Ottoman Government foreshadowed a horrifying trend of genocide that would characterize much of the twentieth century. Yet not so much is known about the Armenian massacres of the 1890s and how they set the stage for the events of 1915. This compilation of articles, published in the U.S. periodicals between 1895 and 1899, reflects the deep concern of the American public for the Armenian people, and also offers a fascinating window onto the world politics of the time—especially on the challenges of coordinating international action once news of the massacres began to emerge.

Throughout these thirty-five reprinted articles, written by American diplomats, missionaries, journalists, religious and public figures, and scientists, the plight of the Armenian people unfolds. Not only do readers learn of the Armenian struggle for equality and, ultimately, independence from the Ottoman Empire, but they also discover rich evidence about the Armenians themselves, their Church, instabilities within the Empire, and charitable efforts spearheaded by American Christian missionaries. The language and tone of these articles from over a century ago do reflect U.S. and European attitudes of the time, which were influenced by the perception of the Empire’s Sultan Abdul Hammid II as the ultimate anti-Christian, pan-Islamic Ottoman ruler. But the overall humanitarian impulses of these writers are evident, and we see the beginnings of an Armenian-U.S. relationship that would strengthen over the course of the twentieth century.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780814331538
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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Arman J. Kirakossian is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to the United States of America. He has published numerous books in Armenian and Russian on the Armenian Question and related topics. His most recent book in English is Bibliography of Literature on the Armenian Question (1890–1900).
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Table of Contents

Foreword 11
Preface 13
Introduction 15
Unhappy Armenia 47
The Armenian Trouble 53
An Eye-Witness to the Armenian Horrors 56
Lord Salisbury and Armenia 58
The Evil of the Turk 61
Turkey and the Armenian Crisis 67
Why We Catholics Sympathize with Armenia 77
The Armenian Question 82
Rational Sympathy 92
The Armenian Massacres 95
Armenia, Past and Present 100
The Eastern Question 112
Aid for Armenia: An Appeal for Immediate Help 116
The Armenian Resolutions 122
The Turks and the Armenians 125
Why the Sultan Is Responsible for the Armenian Massacres 136
The Massacres in Turkey from October 1, 1895, to January 1, 1896 140
Who Is Responsible? A Question from Armenia 146
The Sultan of Turkey by One Who Knows Him 149
What Must Be Done in Armenia? 151
An American Heroine in the Heart of Armenia: Dr. Grace Kimball and Her Relief Work at Van 155
Armenia's Impending Doom: Our Duty 164
Turkey in Extremis 176
The Constantinople Massacres 179
The Massacres at Van 185
The Eastern Ogre; Or, St. George to the Rescur, 1878 and 1896 189
The Situation in Armenia 205
The Immediate Future of Armenia: A Suggestion 211
The Armenian Question 225
the Armenian Refugees 236
Armenia's Desolation and Woe 248
An Interview with Sultan Abdul Hamid 252
A Motor of Martyrs 263
Germany and the Armenians 274
Contribution to the Armenian Question 278
Notes 291
Bibliography and References on the Armenian Question, 1890s 299
Index 307
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