The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey: A Disputed Genocide

The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey A Disputed Genocide In the Ottoman government then run by the Young Turks deported most of its Armenian citizens from their eastern Anatolian lands According to reliable estimates close to forty percent of the p

  • Title: The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey: A Disputed Genocide
  • Author: Guenter Lewy
  • ISBN: 9780874808902
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1915, the Ottoman government, then run by the Young Turks, deported most of its Armenian citizens from their eastern Anatolian lands According to reliable estimates, close to forty percent of the prewar population perished, many in brutal massacres Armenians call it the first genocide of the twentieth century Turks speak of an instance of intercommunal warfare and waIn 1915, the Ottoman government, then run by the Young Turks, deported most of its Armenian citizens from their eastern Anatolian lands According to reliable estimates, close to forty percent of the prewar population perished, many in brutal massacres Armenians call it the first genocide of the twentieth century Turks speak of an instance of intercommunal warfare and wartime relocation made necessary by the treasonous conduct of their Armenian minority The voluminous literature on this tragic episode of World War I is characterized by acrimony and distortion in which both sides have simplified a complex historical reality and have resorted to partisan special pleading The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey examines the rich historical evidence without political preconceptions Relying on archival materials as well as eye witness testimony, Guenter Lewy avoids the sterile was it genocide or not debate and presents a detailed account of what actually happened The result is a book that will open a new chapter in this contentious controversy and may help achieve a long overdue reconciliation of Armenians and Turks.

    One thought on “The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey: A Disputed Genocide”

    1. One of the rarest works on Ottoman-Armenian history in terms of objectivity. The author mostly uses sources from independent sides, such as foreign diplomats residing in Turkey at those times. It is a must read for anyone who wants a clear, objective understanding of a huge tragedy happened during WWI.

    2. Sick of reading propaganda books of either side, I found this book quite appealing, having an objective approach (only focusing on documents from various national archives and not on stories either side produced) and criticizing both sides for their limited focus on 'convenient truths'. Definitely worth a read.

    3. This is a hard book to read because of the appalling nature of the massacre that happened to the Armenian people. However, it is well written and can be read easily and rather quickly.

    4. interesting. would never have read it if i had not landed the job of translating it with a colleague, but am glad i read it.

    5. Amazing book that explains almost everything you need to know about this dark chapter in history. A must read for those interested in the 1915 events.

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