The Armenian massacres in Ottoman Turkey: a disputed genocide

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University of Utah Press, Nov 21, 2005 - History - 370 pages
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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 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.

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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 ... Read full review

Review: The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey: A Disputed Genocide

User Review  - Nick Mecham - Goodreads

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. Read full review

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Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during the Nineteenth
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The Armenian Revolutionary Movement
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The Massacres of 189496
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About the Author:
Guenter Lewy is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the author of Peace and Revolution, The Federal Loyalty-Security Program, America in Vietnam, and many other books.

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