The Forgotten Genocide: Eastern Christians, the Last Arameans

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Gorgias Press LLC, 2004 - History - 373 pages
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The first and only extensive treatment of the genocide of the Aramaic-speaking Christians of the Middle East, in particular the Syriac Orthodox communities, in the late 1800s and early 1900s under the Ottomans. Courtois basis his study on the diplomatic archives of the French Foreign Affairs office (Quai D'orsay), the archives of the Dominican Mission at Mosul, Iraq, written eastern eyewitness accounts, and oral interviews with genocide survivors conducted by the author. Based on a doctoral research, the books gives accurate facts and balanced conclusions on a very sensitive topic. (Translated from the French by Vincent Aurora.)
  

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Contents

The Monastery of Saffron
9
The Syriac Mindset and its Stereotypes
24
A Lasting Catholic Population?
37
Was Tur Abdin a Mountain Refuge?
50
Diyarbakir The Black City
63
A Christian Island The Small City of Midyat
80
The Law Versus The Christians
85
Eradication By Massacre 18941896
99
The Caravans of Death
164
A Sanctuary For The Syriacs?
181
Contrasting the Assessments
194
What Were Their Claims?
210
Annexes
225
Historical Introduction
261
The Spiral of Violence
273
Sources
295

The Situation in Tur Abdin
113
Ottoman Negligence Before The New Kurdish
131
The Calm Before the Storm
146

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