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Judgment at Istanbul: The Armenian Genocide Trials 1st Edition

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"This volume is the most comprehensive and analytical work to address the Armenian genocide from legal-criminal perspective to date. ...[It] should be regarded as an important contribution to the field of Armenian genocide studies, Ottoman legal history, and the history of War Tribunals... It provides readers with a compelling argument about the historical veracity of the Armenian genocide."  ·  The Cyprus Review

"Dadrian's and Akçam's handbook must already be considered as an indispensable tool for all who are dealing with the Armenian genocide but also for all those who are involved with the judicial processing of 'crimes against humanity' in the international context of the 20th Century."  ·  Neue Historische Literatur

"This book [by Vahakn Dadrian and Taner Akçam, one Armenian, one Turkish, both noted scholars of the Armenian Genocide] stands as a monument of original scholarship on the facts of the Genocide. The wealth of specific citations, the multiplicity of sources surveyed make this volume an invaluable and fundamental source for any future study."  ·  The Armenian Mirror-Spectator

"...an exhaustive and definitive treatment of the rise and demise of these trials,.. The book offers meticulous accounts of the Ottoman collapse in 1918 and the question of postwar punitive justice, the preparations, initiation, proceedings, and conditions of the courts-martial, and finally examines the societal context in which the tribunal operated. The authors must be commended for their assiduous engagement with a range of sources. The most innovative of these are articles from the Ottoman press in the armistice, which clearly demonstrate that condemnation of the Armenian genocide was ubiquitous in Ottoman society... a useful reference book this volume was highly due and will prove indispensable for any student of the Armenian genocide."  ·  H-Soz-u-Kult

About the Author

Vahakn N. Dadrian was director of a large Genocide Study Project with sustained support by the National Science Foundation and the H. F. Guggenheim Foundation. The project's first major achievement was the publication of an extensive volume, The History of the Armenian Genocide: Ethnic Conflict from the Balkans to Anatolia to the Caucasus (Berghahn Books 1995), now in its 8th edition, which has been translated into Arabic, French, Greek, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. In 2005, he received four separate awards for his lifetime contribution to genocide studies. He taught at the State University of New York (SUNY) system (1970–1991) and has been Director of Genocide Research at the Zoryan Institute since 1999.

Taner Akçam was born in the province of Ardahan in the northeast of Turkey. As the editor-in-of a political journal, he was arrested in 1976 and sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment. One year later, he escaped and fled to Germany as a political refugee. He is the first Turkish scholar to have drawn attention to the historicity of the Armenian Genocide and has been persecuted by the Turkish state for it. In April 2006, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts presented him with a distinguished award for his outstanding work in human rights and fighting genocide denial. Currently, he is Associate Professor of History and the Kaloosdian/Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books; 1 edition (December 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857452517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857452511
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,741,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book - Judgment at Istanbul - written by two renowned and respected scholars Vahaken Dadrian and Taner Akcam, an Armenian and a Turk respectively, is the most accurate and revealing account to date of the court-martial proceedings conducted by the Turkish Government and Courts (1919-1922) against the major conspirators that conceived, designed and perpetrated the Armenian Genocide of 1915, including the masterminds of the Committee of Union & Progress (CUP) leaders Talat, Enver and Cemal. It is mostly based on a vast factual, indisputable and contemporary (1914-1922) sources of information available in Turkish archives.
Any serious student of Genocide, particularly the Armenian Genocide of 1915, should read this book. It provides the reader an understanding of the prevailing legal structure of Turkey immediately after the end of the war; the nature and validity of the evidence brought to the attention of the Courts; the revealing interrogation and confession of the witnesses; the verdicts rendered; the results of the verdicts; and, finally the fate of the prominent fugitive masterminds that were convicted in absentia.
This book is simply an ensemble of the documented historical facts of the time. There is nothing in the book that one can dispute, deny or even wish to revise. It recites the naked facts as they are. It would be a valuable resource to anyone, Armenian or otherwise, reading this book as it will place the Istanbul Trials in perspective. It would be particularly helpful to Turkish scholars to better understand their past under the Ottoman rule. It is a must read book.
I want to thank the authors for their dedication, research and time for publishing this scholarly and important book to help us see the court-martial trials in Turkey concerning the Armenian Genocide in the right context and perspective.
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Few people realize that the Turkish Government following world war one held war crime trials against the perpetrators of the Armenian genocide. The evidence was carefully gathered and affirmed, and all testimony was submitted to cross examination. These war crime trials were held simultaneously with those held by the British government occupied Istanbul. Unfortunately, the Turkish trials were abandoned before all the accused could be brought to judgment. With the success of Ataturk's nationalist movement, the trials were abandoned thus allowing the present day Turkish government to deny genocide.
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