A shameful act : the Armenian genocide and the question of Turkish responsibility /
A shameful act : the Armenian genocide and the question of Turkish responsibility / Taner Akçam ; translated by Paul Bessemer.Material type: TextLanguage: English Original language: Turkish Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2006Edition: 1st U.S. edDescription: x, 483 pages : map ; 25 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0805079327; 9780805079326; 9780805086652; 080508665XUniform titles: ýInsan haklari ve ermeni sorunu. English. Uniform titles: İnsan hakları ve Ermeni sorunu. English Subject(s): Armenian massacres (1915-1923) | Armenian massacres, 1915-1923 | Genocide | War crimes | Génocide arménien, 1915-1916 | Génocide | Crimes de guerre | Genocide | War crimes | Armenier | Armenische Frage | Minderheitenrecht | Strafverfahren | Völkermord | Armenien | Türkei | Völkermord | Armenier | 1915-1923 | Geschichte 1908-1923 | Geschichte 1915-1923DDC classification: 956.6/20154 LOC classification: DS195.5 | .A413 2006Other classification: NP 6450
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"Originally published in Turkey in 1999 under the title İnsan hakları ve Ermeni sorunu : İttihat ve Terakki'den Kurtuluş Savaşı'na"--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-464) and index.
The Ottoman state and its non-Muslim populations -- The Union and progress era -- Turkish nationalism -- What led to the decision for genocide? -- The decision and its aftermath -- The question of punishing the "Turk" -- Ottoman government initiatives -- The Turkish national movement's position on the genocide -- The final phase of the trials -- Why the postwar trials failed.
A study of the Armenian genocide draws on Ottoman sources, including parliamentary minutes, letters, military and court records, and eyewitness accounts, to lay responsibility for the event on Turkish authorities, revealing a systematic orchestration of the killings by the military, ruling political parties, and the Ottoman state.
Minnesota Book Awards.
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CHOICE ReviewAkcam (sociology and history, Univ. of Minnesota) is also author of the pioneering From Empire to Republic: Turkish Nationalism and the Armenian Genocide (CH, Dec'04, 42-2383). The current volume is extraordinarily timely, appearing as Turkey is engaged in internal and external conflicts over the linked issues of the genocide of the Armenians, the past and future roles of Turkey's vehement and anachronistic forms of nationalism, and the relationship between Islam and secularization. Akcam examines the links between nationalism and "Turkification," which in practice meant the slaughter of most of the non-Turkish population, particularly Armenians, and the removal of others. He offers a well-condensed analytical narrative of the decisions that led to the genocide. He then provides a superb account of the aftermath, as the new Turkish republic failed to denounce some of the principles that led to genocide and even--after some inconsequential trials of perpetrators--incorporated some of those who carried it out into its new institutions (thereby laying the groundwork for the problems encountered today, both internally and with the European Union). Scholarly yet accessible, this book is indispensable for those interested in the Middle East. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. K. Tololyan Wesleyan University
Author notes provided by SyndeticsBorn in Ardahan Province, Turkey, in 1953, Taner Akcam is the author of ten scholarly works of history and sociology, as well as numerous articles in Turkish,
German, and English. He currently teaches at the University of Minnesota.