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Killing Orders

Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide


Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide book series (PSHG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Taner Akçam
    Pages 1-29
  3. Taner Akçam
    Pages 31-38
  4. Taner Akçam
    Pages 175-221
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 247-261

About this book


This book represents an earthquake in genocide studies, particularly in the field of Armenian Genocide research. A unique feature of the Armenian Genocide has been the long-standing efforts of successive Turkish governments to deny its historicity and to hide the documentary evidence surrounding it. This book provides a major clarification of the often blurred lines between facts and truth in regard to these events. The authenticity of the killing orders signed by Ottoman Interior Minister Talat Pasha and the memoirs of the Ottoman bureaucrat Naim Efendi have been two of the most contested topics in this regard. The denialist school has long argued that these documents and memoirs were all forgeries, produced by Armenians to further their claims. Taner Akçam provides the evidence to refute the basis of these claims and demonstrates clearly why the documents can be trusted as authentic, providing more evidence as to the intent of the Ottoman-Turkish government towards its Armenian population. As such, this work removes a cornerstone from the denialist edifice, and further establishes the historicity of the Armenian Genocide.


Armenia Ottoman Empire Genocide Middle East First World War

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Clark UniversityWorcester, MAUSA

About the authors

Taner Akçam is Professor of History at Clark University, USA. His publications include The Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire (2012), which was co-winner of the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Book Award and one of’s ‘Best Books on the Middle East’.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Killing Orders
  • Book Subtitle Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide
  • Authors Taner Akçam
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-69786-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-69787-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 261
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Popular Science in History
    History of the Middle East
    Modern History
    Middle Eastern Politics
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“The Sherlock Holmes of Armenian Genocide.” (Eric Weitz, The City College of New York, USA)

“This is an extraordinarily important work for those who understand its significance. Taner Akçam has quite literally blown the Turkish narrative as itself ‘fake news’.” (Mark Levene, University of Southampton, UK)

“Taner Akçam’s careful edition of an important Ottoman bureaucrat’s memoirs and related sources is a signal contribution to the contentious debate about state policy and practice towards Armenians during the First World War. It is essential reading for all those interested in Genocide and Human Rights Studies.” (Dirk Moses, University of Sydney, Australia)