A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility

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Macmillan, Nov 14, 2006 - History - 483 pages
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A landmark assessment of Turkish culpability in the Armenian genocide, the first history of its kind by a Turkish historian
In 1915, under the cover of a world war, some one million Armenians were killed through starvation, forced marches, forced exile, and mass acts of slaughter. Although Armenians and world opinion have held the Ottoman powers responsible, Turkey has consistently rejected any claim of intentional genocide.
Now, in a pioneering work of excavation, Turkish historian Taner Akçam has made extensive and unprecedented use of Ottoman and other sources to produce a scrupulous charge sheet against the Turkish authorities. The first scholar of any nationality to have mined the significant evidence--in Turkish military and court records, parliamentary minutes, letters, and eyewitness accounts--Akçam follows the chain of events leading up to the killing and then reconstructs its systematic orchestration by coordinated departments of the Ottoman state, the ruling political parties, and the military. He also probes the crucial question of how Turkey succeeded in evading responsibility, pointing to competing international interests in the region, the priorities of Turkish nationalists, and the international community's inadequate attempts to bring the perpetrators to justice.
As Turkey lobbies to enter the European Union, Akçam's work becomes ever more important and relevant. Beyond its timeliness, A Shameful Act is sure to take its lasting place as a classic and necessary work on the subject.


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Review: A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility

User Review  - Michael Griswold - Goodreads

This book garnered a lot of attention when it was published several years ago because it's a Turkish scholar with a sympathetic view towards the Armenians. While I'm no genocide expert, it does strike ... Read full review

Review: A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility

User Review  - Sern - Goodreads

First of all, I would like to whisper this to those potential members who are Armenian or come from Armenian background: I am a Turk and I can tell you safely that the number of us who know about this ... Read full review


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Born in Ardahan Province, Turkey, in 1953, Taner Akcam is the author of ten scholarly works of history and sociology, as well as numerous articles in Turkish,
German, and English. He currently teaches at the University of Minnesota.

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