The History of the Armenian Genocide: Ethnic Conflict from the Balkans to Anatolia to the Caucasus

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Berghahn Books, 2003 - History - 460 pages
"... totally innovative ... Dadrian exhibits exemplary objectivity and provides us with the fruits of a life of scholarship and research. An inestimable contribution to our knowledge of history." - Journal of the Society of Armenian Studies

"... marshals considerable evidence to show how the development of the Turkish-Armenian conflict escalated to the point of genocide ... Dadrian makes [an] important contribution to our understanding of the dynamics of the Ottoman decision to destroy its Armenian subjects." - MESA Bulletin

"[The History of the Armenian Genocide] is without doubt the most important work ever done on this subject. [Dadrian's] painstaking archival work, and [his] wide reading in the relevant sources in Turkish, Armenian, German, French and English has no parallel. The book will stand as a monument parallel to Hilberg's master work, The Destruction of the European Jews ... [He has] forced me to rethink the entire issue of comparisons and differences between the Armenian experience in World War I and the Jewish experience in World War II." - Steven T. Katz, Cornell University

"... an outstanding piece of scholarship ... based on years of meticulous study of primary sources ..." - Leo Kuper, University of California

"... the author has pioneered the sociological study of the Armenian Genocide ..." - Roger Smith, College of William and Mary, Virginia

The Armenian Genocide, though not given such prominent treatment as the Jewish Holocaust which it precedes, still haunts the Western world and has assumed a new significance in the light of "ethnic cleansing" in Bosnia and, more recently, Darfur. This study by the most distinguished scholar of the Armenian tragedy offers an authoritative analysis by presenting it as a case study of genocide and by seeing it as an historical process in which a domestic conflict escalated and was finally consumed by global war.

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Amazing scholarly work. How can one ever deny the Armenian Genocide after reading this?

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What fool is trying to discredit History. If the Truth hurts is should. I grew up sitting at the feet of my great grandmother and listened to her personal experiences and the atrocities of the Turks against the Christian Armenians. Just remember Hitler was inspired to rid the world of Jews because he saw that no one paid attention to the "starving Armenians and their tragic plight." Nonsense, the truth will become know and taught and reach the pages of history. A million and a half Armenians: burned at the stake, sent on death marches, Atturk sent out a national plea to kill all the Armenian boys five and under. My father was four. His mother dressed him as a little girl to get him across the border. It is impossible to think, in this day and age such critical, factual, important information could be obscured by a nation. Where are historians, Americans, Armenians, our leadership? Why are they being quiet? Because the opposition has Gold, Money, population and of course a strategic position in the scheme of things.
We must stand up for the Truth even when it hurts. The Armenians are a God fearing culture. They are divinely protected.
Don't try and erase them from the pages of history. You will be sorry.
Jacqueline Papazian Saroyan Kazarian


Humanitarian Intervention as a Response to Nationality
Escalation of the Conflicts and Ottoman Palliatives
Part II
The Interactive Dynamics of the Eastern and
Part III
The Era of the Abdul Hamit Massacres
The Portentousness of the Abdul Hamit Era Massacres
The Disguises of the Law of Deportation and
The Issue of German Complicity
Part VII
The Recourse to the Machinery of Turkish Justice
The Kemalist Thrust Against Russian Armenia
Part IX
Parallel Problems in the PostWar Prosecution of

The 1909 Twin Adana Massacres
Part VI
International Law as a Crucible of Legal Liabilities
The Implementation of the Genocide
Subject Index

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About the author (2003)

Vahakn N. Dadrian was director of a large Genocide Study Project sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the H. F. Guggenheim Foundation. He is also author of Warrant for Genocide: Key Elements in the Turko-Armenian Conflict (Transaction 1999) and co-author with Taner Akšam of Judgment at Istanbul: The Armenian Genocide Trials (Berghahn, 2011). In 2005, he received four separate awards for his lifetime contribution to genocide studies. Vahakn Dadrian, who taught at the State University of New York (SUNY) system (1970-1991), has been Director of Genocide Research at the Zoryan Institute since 1999.

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