Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide

Killing Orders

Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide

Authors: Akçam, Taner

  • Verifies archival evidence previously dismissed as being ‘fake’ in order to refute the on-going denial of the Armenian Genocide 
  • Argues that the sanctioning of the genocide can finally be proven through official documents
  • Summarises meticulous research undertaken by one of the most respected, award-winning names in the field
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About this book

The book represents an earthquake in genocide studies, particularly in the field of Armenian Genocide research. A unique feature of the Armenian Genocide has been the long-standing efforts of successive Turkish governments to deny its historicity and to hide the documentary evidencesurrounding it. This book provides a major clarification of the often blurred lines between facts and truth in regard to these events. The authenticity of the killing orders signed by Ottoman Interior Minister Talat Pasha and the memoirs of the Ottoman bureaucrat Naim Efendi have been two of the most contested topics in this regard. The denialist school has long argued that these documents and memoirs were all forgeries, produced by Armenians to further their claims. Taner Akçam provides the evidence to refute the basis of these claims and demonstrates clearly why the documents can be trusted as authentic, revealing the genocidal intent of the Ottoman-Turkish government towards its Armenian population. As such, this work removes a cornerstone from the denialist edifice, and further establishes the historicity of the Armenian Genocide.

About the authors

Taner Akçam is Professor of History at Clark University, USA. His publications include The Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire (2012), which was co-winner of the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Book Award and one of ForeignAffairs.com’s ‘Best Books on the Middle East’.

Reviews

“The Sherlock Holmes of Armenian Genocide.” (Eric Weitz, The City College of New York, USA)

“This is an extraordinarily important work for those who understand its significance. Taner Akçam has quite literally blown the Turkish narrative as itself ‘fake news’.” (Mark Levene, University of Southampton, UK)

“Taner Akçam’s careful edition of an important Ottoman bureaucrat’s memoirs and related sources is a signal contribution to the contentious debate about state policy and practice towards Armenians during the First World War. It is essential reading for all those interested in Genocide and Human Rights Studies.” (Dirk Moses, University of Sydney, Australia)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Preface

    Akçam, Taner

    Pages 1-29

  • Introduction

    Akçam, Taner

    Pages 31-38

  • The Story and Authenticity of Naim Efendi and His Memoirs

    Akçam, Taner

    Pages 39-73

  • Even If the Memoirs Are Authentic, Could the Documents Still Be Forgeries?

    Akçam, Taner

    Pages 75-121

  • Subjects and Events Mentioned by Naim Efendi Corroborated in Ottoman Documents

    Akçam, Taner

    Pages 123-173

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-69787-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $39.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-69786-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Killing Orders
Book Subtitle
Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69787-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69787-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-69786-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 261
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
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