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Genocide in the Ottoman Empire

Genocide in the Ottoman Empire
Sunday, April 23, 2017
3:00-5:30
Co-Presented with The Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center (AMPHRC)
Cost: $15 non-members, $10 NHM & AMPHRC Members, $5 students

 Join us for a book talk with Speaker George N. Shirinian,

Executive Director, International Institute for Genocide and Human Right Studies.

Description:

The ideology of “Turkey for the Turks” and the rejection of any heritage other than their own, remains at the core of the Turkish psyche that resulted in the grievances of ethnic and religious minorities in Turkey a century ago and of the Kurds today. This book contextualizes that mentality that existed in 1915, which was propagated and promoted through the Ottoman government apparatus, controlled by a radical political party, which could not accept non-Muslims and non-Turks as their equals. Instead, they opted to repress, then ultimately destroy their Armenian, Assyrian and Greek fellow citizens.

This “Young Turk” mindset of 1915 manifests itself today in President Erdogan and his government’s belief that the country can resolve the conflict with Turkey’s Kurdish minority through brutal force. This book provides valuable context to help understand that mindset, the terrible pain and destruction it caused between 1913-1923, and the unstable situation in Turkey today.

 

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