11 October 2007

2055) Video: The Armenian Question by Prof Justin McCarthy

Video: The Armenian Question by Prof Justin McCarthy

"Prejudice, Deception, and the Armenian Question" -- Prof Justin McCarthy

The prominent historian Prof. Justin McCarthy have a conference in London (Friday, 4th February 2011) about relations on Turkish-Armenian relations.

For those who study the troubled history of relations between Turks and Armenians, the question naturally arises, "How could so many have been so wrong?" Why did Europeans and Americans at the time, and still today, believe a story of persecution that is demonstrably wrong? The answer lies in ignorance, prejudice, and deception. Ignorance made politicians and editors, then and today, believe whatever fit their prejudices. And prejudice caused them to ignore the facts before them. Instead, they accepted the often deliberate falsehoods spread by Armenian rebels and their supporters. This presentation offers examples of the deceptions that lie behind what is commonly believed of the Armenian Question.

Justin McCarthy received a Ph.D. in Near Eastern history from U.C.L.A. in 1978 and a Certificate in Demography from PrincetonUniversity in 1980. He is presently Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville.

Professor McCarthy specializes in the social and demographic history of the Modern Middle East, particularly Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. His books include Muslims and Minorities, Death and Exile, The Population of Palestine, TheOttoman Turks, The Ottoman Peoples and the End of Empire,Population History of the Middle East and the Balkans,Who Are the Turks?(with Carolyn McCarthy), The Armenian Rebellion at Van (with Esat Arslan, Cemalettin Tas,kiran, and Ömer Turan), and Turkey and the Turks (with Carolyn McCarthy).His book on the image of Turks in America, The Turk in America, was published in 2010. He has also written a number of articles on Middle Eastern, Balkan, Turkish, and Ottoman topics. As a historical cartographer, he has produced the Middle Eastern map series for the Middle East Studies Association and the U.S. Department of Education, as well as maps for publications.He has lectured in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Britain, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Israel, Bosnia, and Saudi Arabia, as well as in the United States and Canada.

Professor McCarthy was awarded the Order of Merit of the TurkishRepublic in 1998. He has been voted a Corresponding Member of the Turkish Historical Association. He has received the Chairman's Education Award from the Turkish American Friendship Council and awards from Turkish-American organizations, including the first S,ükrü Elekdag( Award, presented by the Assembly of Turkish American Associations. In 1985 he received an honorary doctorate from Bog(aziçiUniversity, in 2000 an honorary doctorate from DemirelUniversity, and in 2007 an honorary doctorate from AtatürkUniversity. In 2005 he was invited to address a special session of the Turkish Grand National Assembly. Rotary International gave him its Paul Harris Award. He has held a Senior Research Fellowship from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities, a National Needs Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, a Fulbright-Hays fellowship, an International Research and Studies Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and other grants and awards. Professor McCarthy has served on the Boards of the Institute of Turkish Studies, the Turkish Studies Association, and the International Congress for Asian and North African Studies, as well as the advisory boards of various organizations.


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