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Re: Gwynne Dyer "Turkish 'Falsifiers' and Armenian 'Deceivers': Historiography and the Armenian Massacres" in Middle Eastern Studies, XII, 1976, pp. 99-107

Gwynne Dyer
Historian, military analyst and journalist, Ph.D. in Ottoman military history, The King’s College London.

Gwynne Dyer is one of the few Western scholars to have done research in Ottoman military archives. Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by over 175 papers in some 45 countries.

FOREWORD: I do not know why and how this 1976 article of Dyer, who wrote this article during the early years of his journalistic and “historian”(?) career , has been brought into internet circulation and gave me a chance to read it again.

The above link refers to some sections of this essay with comments of the “phantom historian Holdwater” in 2005. I do not claim to be a scholar but a careful cross-checking reader and feel it is necessary to bring some “documented facts” to the attention of the readers. I prefer to leave the judgment to them.

Mr. Dyer wanted to discuss this matter may be after the start of ASALA terrorists killings in USA in 1973. Regardless of how neutral and unbiased Mr. Dyer had tried to be, (looking at his sources and considering many non-Turkish documents which have surfaced more recently) any one with knowledge can easily see that he could use no other refuting documents but also he treated “novels-memories-story books” as if they were the dependable evidences of the actual events.

One can immediately see that Dyer depended heavily on Armenian novelists and Richard Hovannisian who only told half of what was available. Selahi Sonyel, a dependable scholar who later became one of the most respected sources in the subject. But the point is that all these were based only on the documents which were available until around the 1990s!
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