From Empire to Republic: Turkish Nationalism and the Armenian Genocide

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Zed Books, Sep 4, 2004 - History - 273 pages
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The murder of more than one million Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish government in 1915 has been acknowledged as genocide. Yet almost 100 years later, these crimes remain unrecognized by the Turkish state. This book is the first attempt by a Turk to understand the genocide from a perpetrator's, rather than victim's, perspective, and to contextualize the events of 1915 within Turkey's political history and western regional policies. Turkey today is in the midst of a tumultuous transition. It is emerging from its Ottoman legacy and on its way to recognition by the west as a normal nation state. But until it confronts its past and present violations of human rights, it will never be a truly democratic nation. This book explores the sources of the Armenian genocide, how Turks today view it, the meanings of Turkish and Armenian identity, and how the long legacy of western intervention in the region has suppressed reform, rather than promoted democracy.
 

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Contents

What Are Turkeys Fundamental Problems?
11
A Theoretical Approach to Understanding
39
Some Aspects of Turkish National Identity
59
The Homogenizing and Ethnic Cleansing of Anatolia
115
The Decision for Genocide in Light of OttomanTurkish
158
The Causes and Effects of Making Turkish History Taboo
208
The Genocide and Turkey
226
Some Theoretical Thoughts on the Obstacles
243
Select Bibliography
254
Index
265
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Taner Akçam is Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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