Turkey and the Armenian Ghost: On the Trail of the Genocide

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Apr 1, 2015 - History
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The first genocide of the twentieth century remains unrecognized and unpunished. Turkey continues to deny the slaughter of over a million Ottoman Armenians in 1915 and the following years. What sets the Armenian genocide apart from other mass atrocities is that the country responsible has never officially acknowledged its actions, and no individual has ever been brought to justice. In Turkey and the Armenian Ghost, a translation of the award-winning La Turquie et le fantôme arménien, Laure Marchand and Guillaume Perrier visit historic sites and interview politicians, elderly survivors, descendants, authors, and activists in a quest for the hidden truth. Taking the reader into remote mountain regions, tiny hamlets, and the homes of traumatized victims of a deadly persecution that continues to this day, they reveal little-known aspects of the history and culture of a people who have been rendered invisible in their ancient homeland. Seeking to illuminate complex issues of blame and responsibility, guilt and innocence, the authors discuss the roles played in this drama by the "righteous Turks," the Kurds, the converts, the rebels, and the "leftovers of the sword." They also describe the struggle to have the genocide officially recognized in Turkey, France, and the United States. Arguing that this giant cover-up has had consequences for Turks as well as for Armenians, the authors point to a society sickened by a century of denial. The face of Turkey is gradually changing, however, and a new generation of Turks is beginning to understand what happened and to realize that the ghost of the Armenian genocide must be recognized and laid to rest.
 

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Contents

The Armenian Genocide and the Law
3
Little Armenia
9
2 Armen Aroyan Archeologist of the Genocide
22
3 Of Grandmothers and Grandchildren
35
The Hidden Armenians
47
Land of Rebels
59
6 Genocide of the Stone
69
7 The Armenian Don Quixote
82
The Republics Original Sin
129
13 If You Destroy a Nest You Cant Make It Your Own
136
14 The Soul of the Resistance Movement
147
The Armenian and His Turkish Heirs
158
Pricking Turkeys Conscience
172
17 Death of a SubPrefect
185
18 The Righteous Turks
193
Conclusion
204

The Last Village
89
9 Football Diplomacy
98
10 An Obsession with Denial
111
1500000 + 2
121
Notes
207
Index
215
Acknowledgments
227
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Laure Marchand is a correspondent for Le Figaro and Le Nouvel Observateur. She lives in Istanbul, Turkey.

Guillaume Perrier is a correspondent for Le Monde and Le Point. He lives in Istanbul, Turkey.

Debbie Blythe is a Montreal-based translator and lecturer in the Department of Translation and Written Communication at McGill University.

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