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A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility Paperback – August 21, 2007
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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...Read more ›
I have traveled extensively in Turkey, speak some Turkish, and love the Turkish people. I am always dismayed, though, at the lack of understanding many Turks have of their own history. When the alphabet was changed from Arabic to Latin in 1928, most Turks became instantly "illiterate". After a generation, there were few who could read their own history or the documents that it produced. Turkish school books were written to sanitize and idealize the founding of the Republic. The Armenian "genocide" was rewritten to mean a period in which Turks were victims of Armenian terror and massacres. I have visited museums in Turkey that proclaim that the only "genocide" was that attempted on the Turks by the Armenians.
On the other hand, the most vocal of those publicly taking the Armenian side are almost hysterical in their hatred of all things Turkish. They vituperously attack writers who point out that, indeed, there were many Armenians who sided with the Russians, or that there were some Armenian terrorist groups, or that Ottoman incompetence created many of the problems, or that not all Turks agreed with the actions against the Armenians.
Akçam has made an admirable effort to sort through the available Turkish documents (most of which have been cleansed by the various governments - Ottoman, Young Turk and Republic). He also reviewed German, French, English, Russian and American documents to compare with the Turkish.Read more ›
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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he is a shamless writer.He is deemed in his country as a triator and he was accused and trialed in his country as an agent and terrorist.Published 5 months ago by impartial observer
Taner akcam is a dubious, prejudiced person who for this reason has been sadly rejected even by his own family members. Read morePublished 15 months ago by bassoy
Armenian sources note that the Russian army forcibly relocated about 300,000 Armenians during WW I, half of whom perished during the process. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Erdogan
You can't' hide the truth. A well written account with documented support. If only there was freedom of speech in Turkey and they didn't persecute their own journalists maybe they... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Chris Al
I really enjoyed this book. The Armenian Genocide by the Turks was one of the worst crimes in the history of mankind. Read morePublished 21 months ago by WORLDpeace
Exceedingly interesting. I learned much about the 1915 genocide whom the author had access to the papers by those who planned it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by YAVO
Turkey had always denied committing the Armenian Genocide. The reasons of denial are national and international. Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by Ara Dembekjian