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Description - From Empire to Republic by Taner Akcam

The murder of more than one million Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish government in 1915 has been acknowledged as genocide. Yet almost 100 years later, these crimes remain unrecognized by the Turkish state. This book is the first attempt by a Turk to understand the genocide from a perpetrator, rather than victim perspective, and to contextualise the events of 1915 within Turkey's political history and western regional policies. Turkey today is in the midst of a tumultuous transition. It is emerging from its Ottoman legacy and on its way to recognition by the west as a normal nation state. But until it confronts its past and present violations of human rights, it will never be a truly democratic nation. This book explores the sources of the Armenian genocide, how Turks today view it, the meanings of Turkish and Armenian identity, and how the long legacy of western intervention in the region has suppressed reform, rather than promoted democracy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842775271
ISBN-10: 1842775278
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Taner Akcam

Taner Akcam is visiting professor of history at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He was born in northeast Turkey, and became interested in Turkish politics at an early age. He fled to Germany as a political refugee in 1977. Since receiving his doctorate from Hamburg University for his work on Turkish nationalism and Armenian genocide, he has lectured and published extensively on this topic.

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