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By Michael M. Gunter

This e-book provides the Turkish place in regards to the Armenian claims of genocide in the course of international struggle I and the ongoing debate over this issue. The writer illustrates that even if genocide is an invaluable suggestion to explain such evil occasions because the Jewish Holocaust in global struggle II and Rwanda within the Nineties, the time period has additionally been overused, misused, and accordingly trivialized by means of many various teams looking to demonize their antagonists and win sympathetic approbation for them. This ebook contains the Armenians during this classification simply because, even though as many as 600,000 of them died in the course of international struggle I, it was once neither a premeditated coverage perpetrated by means of the Ottoman Turkish executive nor an occasion unilaterally carried out with no reason. after all, under no circumstances does this excuse the terrible excesses that have been devoted. to demonstrate this aspect, this ebook makes use of the hot paintings of the famous French pupil Jacques Semelin, and such long-suppressed Armenian personalities as Hovhannes Katchaznouni (the first top minister of Armenia after WWI) and K.S. Papazian (an historian), between others. This ebook additionally illustrates how this present day Armenians have sought to politicize and legislate their model of background in parliamentary and different governmental our bodies around the globe, damning their competitors as genocide deniers and perpetrators of hate speech. The case of the popular student Bernard Lewis is a first-rate instance of this Armenian misuse and distortion in their politicized model of heritage. This ebook additionally analyzes the hypermobilized Armenian lobbying strategies that experience completed massive luck in politicizing their model of heritage. between many different matters, this publication additionally analyzes the hot “soccer international relations” among Turkey and Armenia, which has resulted in their signing treaties that may determine diplomatic kinfolk among them and an ancient fee to investigate their varied types of historical past

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28 For his part, the Bosnian Serb General Mladic, “taking control of the town [Srebrenica] on 11 July . . ”29 Are we finding too many genocides and thus trivializing the concept? 34 Although both terms are odious, ethnic cleansing may better describe operations in former Yugoslavia in which many people were killed, but others were relocated or allowed to flee. Genocide, however, describes the murder of all of those targeted. As the ICJ ruled in the Bosnia vs. Serbia case on February 26, 2007, ethnic cleansing was not enough on its own to establish that genocide had occurred.

Walker, the author of a study sympathetic to the Armenian position (Armenia: The Survival of a Nation, 1980), denounced Shaw’s work “as worthless as history as a document one is handed on a street corner during a demonstration,”88 but saved even greater invective for an analysis by Norman Ravitch. Walker found Ravitch’s study to be “a most insidious and degenerate form of historical writing” that “ends up with the idiotic, ignorant; and illogical conclusion that the terrible events . . ”89 Ravitch had concluded that “the events of 1915 remain difficult to interpret and to resolve.

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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