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The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response Paperback – October 5, 2004
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In 1985, the UN Committee on Human Rights published a report declaring the Ottoman Empire responsible for the massacres of the Armenians in 1915 and 1916. Two years later, the Council of Europe agreed that Turkey's refusal to recognise the genocide was an insurmountable obstacle to Turkey's admission to the EU. By the end of 2000, the European Parliament, France, Sweden, the Vatican and Italy finally acknowledged the Armenian genocide. Of the major powers, only the US, Canada and Britain still hold back. There are too many conflicting interests at stake. Turkey, for instance, threatened to deny the US use of its air bases if President Clinton agreed formally to accept the massacres as a genocide.
Turkey has offered funding for academic programmes in the universities of Princeton and Georgetown. Three years ago, UCLA's history department voted to reject a $1m offer to endow a programme in Turkish and Ottoman studies because it was conditional on their denying the Armenian genocide. Professor Colin Tatz, director for the Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies at Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia, claims that Turkey has used "a mix of academic sophistication and diplomatic thuggery . . . to put both memory and history into reverse gear".Read more ›
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I finished The Burning Tigris three days ago. Overall, a very informative read about the Ottoman Empire's genocides on its Armenian minority, the responses of the US government and... Read morePublished 11 days ago by David Freydkin
Chose to read this because I had a pop-up from World Vision--works worldwide as Christian mission. Further investigation revealed that 10,000 donors pulled their support of a child... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eudora
Always a heavy topic to read about but the stories cannot go untold lest they be forgotten. Peter Balakian is a fantastic writer and I thoroughly enjoy his writing and novels. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Caroline M.
Great book. It taught me so much about my family's history. Thank you.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a powerful book, and it is one that should be read more than once. Turkey was once Greek and Armenian. Its great buildings, its cities, its food, etc. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Yunder Hurriken
Very disturbing book to read. I was looking for a book that would give me the history of the Armenian genocide. This met my expectations. Read morePublished 10 months ago by LanceA
This is such a well-written and informative book, covering a period in history which many have barely heard of, if at all. Read morePublished 10 months ago by sally tarbox
Our book group selected this book to learn more about the Armenian genocide. None of us could get through the book as while the topic was horrible, the challenge as a reader was... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mary