America and the Armenian Genocide of 1915 (Google eBook)

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Jay Winter
Cambridge University Press, Jan 8, 2004 - History - 317 pages
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Before Rwanda and Bosnia, and before the Holocaust, the first genocide of the twentieth century happened in Turkish Armenia in 1915, when approximately one million people were killed. This volume is an account of the American response to this atrocity. The first part sets up the framework for understanding the genocide: Sir Martin Gilbert, Vahakn Dadrian and Jay Winter provide an analytical setting for nine scholarly essays examining how Americans learned of this catastrophe and how they tried to help its victims. Knowledge and compassion, though, were not enough to stop the killings. A terrible precedent was born in 1915, one which has come to haunt the United States and other Western countries throughout the twentieth century and beyond. To read the essays in this volume is chastening: the dilemmas Americans faced when confronting evil on an unprecedented scale are not very different from the dilemmas we face today.
  

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Contents

Introduction Witness to genocide
1
Part I The framework
7
Part II During the catastrophe
101
Part III After the Catastrophe
255
Index
309
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About the author (2004)

Jay Winter is Professor of History at Yale University, a former Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and the author of many books on the First World War.

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