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The Great Game of Genocide: Imperialism, Nationalism, and the Destruction of the Ottoman Armenians Hardcover – June 30, 2005

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The best discussion on the topic is now Donald Bloxham, The Great Game of Genocide : Imperialism, Nationalism, and the Destruction of the Ottoman Armenians Nicholas Doumanis, Historical Journal a very important book... a comprehensive and complex explanation based on serious scholarship. It is not for those who want easy answers and facile assignments of blame. Modern Greek Studies an important and original contribution to the historiography of the Armenian genocide and to the analysis of its denial by the Turkish authorities. American Historical Review a work of critical historical inquiry of breathtaking and often disturbing clarity that nevertheless withstands the pitfalls of cynicism and unmediated moral outrage... essential reading for scholars of nationalism, the Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey, Europe and the Middle East. Nations and Nationalism a uniquely important contribution to a bitterly divided field of historical inquiry... certain to generate controversy in and of itself. Middle East Journal [a] meticulously researched study History For the most lucid and broad-minded analysis of 1915 and the period leading up to it, read The Great Game of Genocide: Imperialism, Nationalism and the Destruction of the Ottoman Armenians, a recent book by the young British historian Donald Bloxham. Salon In this book Bloxham provides a valuable corrective historical interpretation and a fascinating case study in the 'geopolitics of memory'. Anyone interested in Ottoman and imperial history, the fate of the Armenians, or genocide will find The Great Game of Genocide both informative and stimulating. David Cesarani, Literary Review ... a detailed and sophisticated account...This first Class work offers much new material and is probably the most detailed and complex account in English of these terrible events Willian Rubinstein, The Times Higher

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Donald Bloxham is currently Lecturer in Twentieth-Century History at the University of Edinburgh. Previously he was a Leverhulme Special Research Fellow at the University of Southampton and Academic Research Director of the Holocaust Educational Trust.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199273561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199273560
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,167,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Russell A. Rohde MD on February 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"The Great Game of Genocide: Imperialism, Nationalism, & The Destruction of the Ottoman Empire", Donald Bloxham, University Press, Oxford GB, 2003, ISBN 0-19-927356-1, HC 234 pgs., plus Notes 51 pgs., Biblio. 26 pgs., Index 18 pgs., 3 Maps & 9 B/W Illu., 9 1/2" x 6 1/4"

Bloxham expounds fine points about the Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide (AG) & its reception by Western powers & found clarity required focused historiography, imprima those geopolitical events occuring both prior to & during the AG, and considerable attention towards the Ottoman Empire's progressive collapse whilst the "Great Powers" enjoyed increasing prestige & influence in trade, technical & organizational domination, & military might. Anatolia, especially its eastern portion (once part of Persia) was a stratigically situated buffer zone for Europe (especially Russia), betwixt routes for land trade to the Far East, but it also held influence over trade in the Mediterranean & Black Seas via the Dardenelles.

Perhaps akin to a poorly matched chess game, the Ottoman Empire figurative King perceived threats, both real & imaginary, to its existence as it lost lands, bungled wars, sustained economic bankruptcy, suffered internal turmoil of an ethnically diverse population allowing recurring intrusion of diverse masses of refugees as Kurds, but principally Balkan Muslims. All in all, Turkey is and Turkey was a land where the majority are Muslim, - all others are Infidels.

Well-researched & detailed were the not infrequent massacres of Armenian citizens of earlier (& later) years including those in Russo-Turkish wars of 1877-8, Trabzon & Urfa in 1895, Van in 1896, & Cilician massacres in 1909 (all prior to the AG of 1915-1916), & continuing in Baku in 1918 & Armenia itself in 1920, etc.
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15 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Covina R. on January 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Very eye opening. A good book for people who want to discover the "almost hidden" genocide of the 20th century. Unfortunately genocide denial is the last step in committing genocide. I do hope one day Republic of Turkey will overcome this policy and stop the denial. I personally think it won't come from the government, but the people of Turkey will recognize that they have much to gain from stopping the denial and excepting the past; the way it was, no matter how painful.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott H. Lindemann on March 10, 2015
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Too much like a college text book.
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35 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Hrach Arutyunyan on April 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great work based on meticulous study of primary sources,and sheds new light on the history of the Armenian Genocide.

Mr.Bloxham provides an explanation for why Genocide happened and why it has subsequently been overlooked.

Just like the previous reviewer I concur that this book is an important addition to the growing literature on the Armenian Genocide.This important and compelling book is long overdue.
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