01 May 2015

3545) Review Essay: “Proving” A “Crime Against Humanity”?

by Maxime Gauin

“Proving” A “Crime Against Humanity”?

The Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide And Ethnic Cleansing In The Ottoman Empire

TANER AKÇAM, 2012
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press
528 pp., US$ 37.80 (hb), ISBN-10: 0691159564, ISBN-13: 978-0691159560

Introduction

After a presentation of what he considers as the relevant context (the Ottoman archives, Balkan wars and their aftermath, “ethnic cleansing” against the Greeks), Taner Akçam bases his “demonstration” primarily on Ottoman and German sources to “prove” that a “genocidal” decision was taken by the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP) leadership in March 1915, after discussion with the German government, and carried out during the war, mostly during the years 1915 and 1916, not only by massacres and deportations but also by “forced assimilation” of women and children . . .



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