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Armenian History and the Question of Genocide

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Michael M. Gunter
    Pages 27-56
  3. Michael M. Gunter
    Pages 57-73
  4. Michael M. Gunter
    Pages 75-97
  5. Michael M. Gunter
    Pages 99-118
  6. Michael M. Gunter
    Pages 119-138
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 139-195

About this book


An analysis of the Turkish position regarding the Armenian claims of genocide during World War I and the continuing debate over this issue, the author offers an equal examination of each side's historical position. The book asks "what is genocide?" and illustrates that although this is a useful concept to describe such evil events as the Jewish Holocaust in World War II and Rwanda in the 1990s, the term has also been overused, misused, and therefore trivialized by many different groups seeking to demonize their antagonists and win sympathetic approbation for them. The author includes the Armenians in this category because, although as many as 600,000 of them died during World War I, it was neither a premeditated policy perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government nor an event unilaterally implemented without cause. Of course, in no way does this excuse the horrible excesses committed by the Turks.


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About the authors

MICHAEL GUNTER Professor of Political Science at Tennessee Tech, USA.

Bibliographic information


'This is a book about understanding the historical forces, the dynamics, and the partisan constituencies that have shaped contemporary debate and discourse.' Middle East Journal

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