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Starred Review. The story of the Ottoman Empire's slaughter of one million Armenians in 1915—a genocide still officially denied by the 83-year-old modern Turkish state—has been dominated by two historiographical traditions. One pictures an embattled empire, increasingly truncated by rapacious Western powers and internal nationalist movements. The other details the attempted eradication of an entire people, amid persecutions of other minorities. Part of historian Akçam's task in this clear, well-researched work is to reconcile these mutually exclusive narratives. He roots his history in an unsparing analysis of Turkish responsibility for one of the most notorious atrocities of a singularly violent century, in internal and international rivalries, and an exclusionary system of religious (Muslim) and ethnic (Turkish) superiority. With novel use of key Ottoman, European and American sources, he reveals that the mass killing of Armenians was no byproduct of WWI, as long claimed in Turkey, but a deliberate, centralized program of state-sponsored extermination. As Turkey now petitions to join the European Union, and ethnic cleansing and collective punishment continues to threaten entire populations around the globe, this groundbreaking and lucid account by a prominent Turkish scholar speaks forcefully to all. (Oct.)
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Akcam has attracted considerable attention for being one of the first Turkish intellectuals to devote his career to studying the systematic slaughter of one million Armenians during World War I. For this reason, he has been harshly criticized by those who would deny the existence of an Armenian genocide. Akcam's earlier work, From Empire to Republic (2004), contextualized the genocide within a climate of Turkish nationalism and attempted to provide the basis for a Turkish national conversation about trauma and culpability. Although essentially similar to that book in its analysis of Turkish culpability, his latest study is considerably broader in historical scope. He seeks to harmonize the conventional narrative of the collapsing Ottoman Empire with victims' perspectives of Turkish dominance over minorities. He does this by showing a state--rent by internal power struggles and terrified of being partitioned--that pursues genocide as a way of avoiding catastrophic collapse. Clearly a companion to Peter Balakian's Burning Tigris (2003) and other accounts of the genocide, this book also deserves to be read in concert with recent works analyzing the politics of genocide and national shame in Germany. Brendan Driscoll
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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; 1st edition (August 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080508665X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805086652
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was disappointed by the triviality and deception visible in most of the contents of the book. Knowing Akcam's background ([...]) and how he was funded by Armenians ([...] ), perhaps I should not have been surprised. After all, a convicted terrorist escaping from prison in Turkey, seeking asylum in Germany, using his German Sociology PhD as foundation for his History "professorship" in America, all seem to have extremely dark points with which Akcam still did not come clean yet. But that's the messenger; let us delve into the message now.

Akcam chooses to ignore Turkey's legendary religious tolerance providing a home for the expelled Jews of Iberia, during the notorious Spanish Inquisitions in 1492, and then again for the fleeing Jews of Nazi Germany during 1930s, and for many other ethnic and/or religious groups in the past millennium. It must have also escaped Akcam that the Greek Orthodox and Armenian Gregorian churches survived a millennium of Turkish cohabitation and/or rule, which is a far cry from the fates of Muslims of Spain, Greece, and Armenia. That the message here is diametrically opposed to Akcam's claims must be clear to any fair mind. All of these are forgotten in Akcam's partisan book, censored by Akcam's passionate efforts to demonize Turkey and Turks at all cost.

The claims of Armenian "genocide" cannot be substantiated by historical evidence. About 70 scholars published a signed statement on May 19, 1985 [...]) in the New York Times and Washington Post, stating that the Turkish Armenian conflict of World War One was one of "...inter-communal warfare fought by Christian and Muslim irregular forces...
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36 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Erdogan on April 16, 2015
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Armenian sources note that the Russian army forcibly relocated about 300,000 Armenians during WW I, half of whom perished during the process. Have you ever heard of Armenians accusing Russia of ethnic cleansing? (Source: Richard G. Hovannisian, Armenia on the Road to Independence. 1918, Berkeley-Los Angeles-London: University of California Press, 1967, p. 67)

Get your facts right! Stand up against one-sided racist genocide claims.
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27 of 42 people found the following review helpful By bassoy on April 16, 2015
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Taner akcam is a dubious, prejudiced person who for this reason has been sadly rejected even by his own family members. He is an ex-Turkish terrorist, sentenced to five years imprisonment in Turkey. He fled to Germany where he is accorded a quick doctorate degree in sociology, then exported to the well paying Zorian Institute in the US where his academic label has been changed from sociologist to historian, becoming thereby an "Armenian genocide"menian propaganda tongs; a machine-professor.
The content of his book is contrived for an "Armenian Genocide" through the use of selective documents, with little academicc value.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Rettig on May 19, 2015
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Great source on the Armenian Genocide. When considering this book, note that the negative reviewers are Turkish. The denial runs deep but truth prevails through this book.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By José Sarukhán on April 22, 2015
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a very good, well researched and to the point account of the planning and execution of the first genocide of the twentieth century. We have the moral obligation not to ignore and to remember these "dark sides" of the history oh humankind
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23 of 42 people found the following review helpful By BernardZ on April 19, 2008
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This obviously is a political book on a controversial past event. Since I know little on this subject so I bought this book to learn more on this subject but unfortunately it means that I cannot assess the facts of the book properly.

The argument of the writer is that a dangerous shift took place in the Ottoman Empire and its policy changed to a Turkish nationalism. To these Turkish nationalist the existence of the Armenians in Turkish areas was a threat to this state so from about 1915 to the early 1920's they created a planned genocide of the Armenians.

After reading the book which I found tedious in parts, I am not convinced that he has proved his argument that a genocide took place.

Genocide surprisingly is a difficult case to prove. Partly because fortunately we have few examples as they are not that common. However also because the evidence is suppressed and denied for example during WW2, the Nazi destroyed the evidence while they did it and after almost all senior Nazis denied knowledge or responsibility for it.

What the book does show is that last scale deportations of the Armenians took place and that these did result in large-scale crimes against them which include robbery, kidnapping and a million murders. Having said this, I am not so sure it matters whether a genocide took place, clearly many people were murdered because they were Armenians.

After 1920s when they should have some justice, it was denied. It is a shame that so few people that did these robbery, kidnapping and murders were punished.
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20 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Rudyard on January 25, 2013
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The reviews I read seem very partisan. I can appreciate a bias in Akcam's writing: the Armenian seizure of the Banc Ottoman and its effect on public opinion in Constantinople get very little attention, for example. But Akcam is very careful in the details he presents - and they are comprehensive - and he puts them together in a way that makes what happened quite clear: The Young Turks regarded the existence of a large and subjugated Armenian minority with aspirations of self-determination as a threat to the territory they claimed as their own, so they destroyed the Armenian population, systematically. The responses one hears - that Turks also suffered, sometimes at the hands of Armenians; that Turks are not bad people; that others have done bad things (the destruction of native Americans by the US and Canada, for example) - are reasonable, but they don't change the fact that this was a strategic genocide.

The book is replete with detail - so much so that it's sometimes it's hard to keep all the names straight. For this reason, the narrative isn't as reader-friendly as it might be. But without the detail the author's conclusion about Turkish responsibility would be less convincing, so I think the detail is actually necessary.
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