3440) Notes From The Battlefield Known As -History-

By Prof. Dr. Jeremy Salt

Abstract: That history is a battlefield of ideas, facts and interpretation
is a truth every historian worthy of the description knows. In this article
I raise some issues related to my own academic involvement in the
history of the ‘Armenian question’. It would be incorrect to say that
there is a ‘debate’ over this issue. Debate implies genuine engagement
in the search for truth but in Europe, the US, Australia and numerous
other countries around the world the truth is apparently known to
people who have little or no knowledge of late Ottoman history. History
is thus brought to a dead stop: when the truth is known, debate becomes
pointless and even offensive – why would anyone want to challenge the
truth when it is so manifestly the truth? The point here is that the
mainstream narrative is not the truth, the whole truth and nothing but
the truth. It is more a mixture of truths, half truths, lies, exaggerations
and omissions that would significantly shape perceptions were they are
ever allowed into the mainstream. This short article examines, from a
personal perspective, some of the issues that have taken the author’s

Keywords: History, Turkish-Armenian relations
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