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By Ronald Grigor Suny, Fatma Müge Göçek, Norman M. Naimark

100 years after the deportations and mass homicide of Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, and different peoples within the ultimate years of the Ottoman Empire, the background of the Armenian genocide is a sufferer of old distortion, state-sponsored falsification, and deep divisions among Armenians and Turks. operating jointly for the 1st time, Turkish, Armenian, and different students current right here a compelling reconstruction of what occurred and why.

This quantity gathers the main updated scholarship on Armenian genocide, how the development has been written approximately in Western and Turkish historiographies; what was once taking place at the eve of the disaster; pix of the perpetrators; unique bills of the massacres; how the development has been perceived in either neighborhood and overseas contexts, together with global struggle I; and reflections at the broader implications of what occurred then. the result's a entire paintings that strikes past nationalist grasp narratives and provides a extra whole knowing of this tragic occasion

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Armenian “genocide consciousness” fed on the persistent and ever more aggressive denial by the Turkish government and sponsored spokesmen, including some with academic credentials, that the deportations and massacres had been ordered by the Young Turk government in an attempt to exterminate one of the peoples of the Ottoman Empire, that 1915 fit the United Nations definition of genocide. More deadly were the actions of Armenian terrorists, from 1973 into the early 1980s, who tried to raise the visibility of the issue by assassinating Turkish officials and setting off bombs in public places.

This vague formulation, carefully chosen to avoid charges of separatism, was refined in 1907 to make even clearer that the Dashnaks favored the formation of autonomous regions within two federative states, one Ottoman, the other Russian. In alliance with oppositional movements of other Ottoman peoples, most importantly the Young Turks, the Dashnaktsutiun expected European pressure on the Ottoman Empire to combine with the internal revolution to bring down Abdülhamid’s autocracy. Later the party abandoned its hopes of European intervention and became more overtly socialist.

Later the party abandoned its hopes of European intervention and became more overtly socialist. 64 From 1908 until the Genocide of 1915, all Armenian political parties, including the Hnchaks, worked within the parliamentary system of the Ottoman Empire and abjured revolutionary activity. Despite continued discrimination and attacks on Armenians (most violently in the Adana massacres of 1909), Armenians continued to operate as loyal subjects of the empire, and many public figures held high office and were visible in society.

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