Armenian History and the Question of Genocide by Michael M. Gunter

By Michael M. Gunter

This booklet provides the Turkish place in regards to the Armenian claims of genocide in the course of global struggle I and the ongoing debate over this issue. The writer illustrates that even if genocide is an invaluable thought to explain such evil occasions because the Jewish Holocaust in global conflict II and Rwanda within the Nineteen Nineties, the time period has additionally been overused, misused, and for that reason trivialized by way of many alternative teams looking to demonize their antagonists and win sympathetic approbation for them. This booklet comprises the Armenians during this type simply because, even if as many as 600,000 of them died in the course of international warfare I, it used to be neither a premeditated coverage perpetrated by way of the Ottoman Turkish executive nor an occasion unilaterally carried out with out reason. after all, by no means does this excuse the terrible excesses that have been dedicated. to demonstrate this element, this ebook makes use of the hot paintings of the famous French student Jacques Semelin, and such long-suppressed Armenian personalities as Hovhannes Katchaznouni (the first leading minister of Armenia after WWI) and K.S. Papazian (an historian), between others. This booklet additionally illustrates how at the present time Armenians have sought to politicize and legislate their model of heritage in parliamentary and different governmental our bodies worldwide, damning their competitors as genocide deniers and perpetrators of hate speech. The case of the popular pupil Bernard Lewis is a major instance of this Armenian misuse and distortion in their politicized model of background. This booklet additionally analyzes the hypermobilized Armenian lobbying strategies that experience completed substantial good fortune in politicizing their model of historical past. between many different matters, this publication additionally analyzes the new “soccer international relations” among Turkey and Armenia, which has ended in their signing treaties that would identify diplomatic kin among them and an historic fee to research their various models of heritage

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The Seljuks and Ottomans with their ferocious customs were determined to annihilate the whole Armenian race,”81 or vilify “the Mongol Turk terroristic state which acquired Armenia’s ancient land by genocide”82 similarly fail to master the requirements of historical accuracy. Such racist slanders stereotype an entire nation who even at its worse has usually been respected by its most bitter foes as tough, but honorable. The grudging respect the West granted Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk) during the famous Gallipoli campaign in 1915 is an example.

83 The so-called Mongol Turk terroristic state allowed the Armenians and other Christian minorities to exist and even flourish for hundreds of years within a multinational empire. indd 18 3/28/2011 7:02:03 PM Historical Origins of the Turkish-Armenian Animosity ● 19 until 1878, illustrates the racial and religious tolerance manifested by the Ottomans throughout most of their history. What, however, happened to the Muslims in Spain once the Christians reconquered the peninsula? 84 When we ponder such questions it is not always clear who was “determined to annihilate” whom.

76 Richard G. Hovannisian has commented: “The Ottoman archival material showing official plans for a humane deportation proves nothing . . ” He further argued that “the Turks and their supporters will go through the American . . ”78 The fact of the matter is, of course, that the Armenians lived in their historic homeland “for a time” that lasted more than 2,500 years until they were virtually eliminated during the tragic events of World War I. indd 17 3/28/2011 7:02:03 PM 18 ● Armenian History and the Question of Genocide Armenian states existed in one form or another for several hundred years, ranging in size from the Armenian empire of Tigranes the Great (94–55c.

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