Remembrance and Denial: The Case of the Armenian Genocide

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Wayne State University Press, 1998 - History - 328 pages
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The Armenian Genocide that began in World War I, during the drive to transform the plural Ottoman Empire into a monoethnic Turkey, removed a people from its homeland and erased most evidence of their 3000-year-old material and spiritual culture. For the rest of this century, changing world events, calculated silence, and active suppression of memory have overshadowed the initial global outrage and have threatened to make this calamity "the forgotten genocide" of world history.

Fourteen leading scholars here examine the Armenian Genocide from a variety of perspectives to refute those efforts and show how remembrance and denial have shaped perceptions of the event. Many of the chapters draw on archival records and court proceedings to review the precursors and process of the genocide, examine German complicity, and share the responses of victims, perpetrators, and bystanders.

  

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Contents

Contributors
9
Modern Turkish Identity and the Armenian Genocide
23
The Archival Trail
51
The Baghdad Railway and the Armenian Genocide
67
Finishing the Genocide
113
The Forty Days ofMusa Dagh
147
Cultural History
165
The Role of Historical Memory
187
Denial of the Armenian Genocide
201
Freedom and Responsibility of the Historian
237
Professional Ethics and
271
Works Cited
297
Index
317
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Richard Hovannisian is a professor of Armenian and Near Eastern History and holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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