The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey: A Disputed Genocide / Edition 2

The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey: A Disputed Genocide / Edition 2

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by Guenter Lewy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0874808901

ISBN-13: 9780874808902

Pub. Date: 10/23/2007

Publisher: University of Utah Press

In 1915, the Ottoman government, then run by the Young Turks, deported most of its Armenian citizens from their eastern Anatolian lands. According to reliable estimates, close to forty percent of the prewar population perished, many in brutal massacres. Armenians call it the first genocide of the twentieth century. Turks speak of an instance of intercommunal

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In 1915, the Ottoman government, then run by the Young Turks, deported most of its Armenian citizens from their eastern Anatolian lands. According to reliable estimates, close to forty percent of the prewar population perished, many in brutal massacres. Armenians call it the first genocide of the twentieth century. Turks speak of an instance of intercommunal warfare and wartime relocation made necessary by the treasonous conduct of their Armenian minority.

The voluminous literature on this tragic episode of World War I is characterized by acrimony and distortion in which both sides have simplified a complex historical reality and have resorted to partisan special pleading.

The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey examines the rich historical evidence without political preconceptions. Relying on archival materials as well as eye-witness testimony, Guenter Lewy avoids the sterile “was-it-genocide-or-not” debate and presents a detailed account of what actually happened. The result is a book that will open a new chapter in this contentious controversy and may help achieve a long-overdue reconciliation of Armenians and Turks.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874808902
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Publication date:
10/23/2007
Series:
Utah Series in Turkish and Islamic Stud
Edition description:
2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
734,284
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during the nineteenth century3
2The Armenian revolutionary movement11
3The massacres of 1894-9620
4The young Turks take power30
5The Armenian case (1) : genocidal plans43
6The Armenian case (2) : the implementation of genocide63
7The Turkish position90
8The sources131
9The deportation decision150
10The course of the deportations162
11Resettlement209
12Who were the perpetrators of the massacres?221
13The number of victims233
14Conclusion : the question of premeditation245
Epilogue : the politicization of history258

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In response to Lowy, quoted: " To our knowledge, Professor Lewy has never sought to deny or minimize the deaths of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey; nor has he sought to minimize the Ottoman regime’s grievous wartime miscalculations or indifference to human misery in a conflict earmarked by widespread civilian suffering on all sides. What he has argued in his book, The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey: A Disputed Genocide, and elsewhere is that the present historical record does not substantiate a premeditated plan by the Ottoman regime to destroy because of ethnicity, religion, or nationality, as opposed to deport for political-military reasons, the Armenian population. In this view, he is joined by such distinguished scholars as Professor Bernard Lewis of Princeton University. As additional troves of archival information come to light, Professor Lewy advocates greater study of this contentious subject. We deeply regret our errors and offer our sincerest apologies to Professor Lewy."