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The great game of genocide : imperialism, nationalism, and the destruction of the Ottoman Armenians.
Bloxham, Donald.
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Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007.
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xiv, 329 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps.
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The Great Game of Genocide addresses the origins, development and aftermath of the Armenian genocide in a wide-ranging reappraisal based on primary and secondary sources from all the major parties involved. Rejecting the determinism of many influential studies, and discarding polemics on allsides, it founds its interpretation of the genocide in the interaction between the Ottoman empire in its decades of terminal decline, the self-interested policies of the European imperial powers, and the agenda of some Armenian nationalists in and beyond Ottoman territory. Particular attention ispaid to the international context of the process of ethnic polarization that culminated in the massive destruction of 1912-23, and especially the obliteration of the Armenian community in 1915-16.The opening chapters of the book examine the relationship between the great power politics of the 'eastern question' from 1774, the narrower politics of the 'Armenian question' from the mid-nineteenth century, and the internal Ottoman questions of reforming the complex social and ethnic order underintense external pressure. Later chapters include detailed case studies of the role of Imperial Germany during the First World War (reaching conclusions markedly different to the prevailing orthodoxy of German complicity in the genocide); the wartime Entente and then the uncomfortable postwarAnglo-French axis; and American political interest in the Middle East in the interwar period which led to a policy of refusing to recognize the genocide. The book concludes by explaining the ongoing international denial of the genocide as an extension of the historical 'Armenian question', with manyof the same considerations governing modern European-American-Turkish interaction as existed prior to the First World War.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Genocide and the Armenian Case
Part I Mass Murder in an International System
1 Prologue: Eastern Questions, Nationalist Answers
2 Ethnic Reprisal and Ethnic Cleansing
Interlude: The Genocide in Context
Part II International Response and Responsibility in the Genocide Era
3 Imperial Germany: A Case of Mistaken Identity
4 Ethnic Violence and the Entente 1915-23
Interlude: New Minority Questions in the New Near East
Part III From Response to Recognition?
5 The USA: From Non-Intervention to Non-Recognition
66 Epilogue: the geopolitics of memory