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Knowledge and Acknowledgement in the Politics of Memory of the Armenian Genocide

1st Edition

By Vahagn Avedian


304 pages

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Is the Armenian Genocide a strictly historical matter? If that is the case, why is it still a topical issue, capable of causing diplomatic rows and heated debates? The short answer would be that the century old Armenian Genocide is much more than a historical question. It emerged as a political dilemma on the international arena at the San Stefano peace conference in 1878 and has remained as such into our days. The disparity between knowledge and acknowledgement, mainly ascribable to Turkey’s official denial of the genocide, has only heightened the politicization of the Armenian question. Thus, the memories of the WWI era refuse to be relegated to the pages of history but are rather perceived as a vivid presence. This is the result of the perpetual process of politics of memory.

The politics of memory is an intricate and interdisciplinary negotiation, engaging many different actors in the society who have access to a wide range of resources and measures in order to achieve their goals. By following the Armenian question during the past century up to its Centennial Commemoration in 2015, this study aims to explain why and how the politics of memory of the Armenian Genocide has kept it as a topical issue in our days.

Table of Contents




The Vitality of the Armenian Genocide: Why is it Still Topical?

Genocide Studies: A True Interdisciplinary Field and its Challenges

  1. Politics of Memory: An Intricate Perpetual Process
  2. Politics of Memory Explained through its Constituent Parts

    Memory and History in the Politics of Memory

    Creating National Narrative and Identity

    Molding the Memory by Forgetting

    The Reciprocal Relation between Democracy and Memory

    Education: An Example of Auxiliary Means in Politics of Memory

    The Central Role of Law and Justice

    Reconciliation: Synthesis of Recognition, Responsibility and Reparation

    Existing Research

    Outline and Delimitations

  3. The Armenian Question between History and Politics
  4. The Entry of the Armenian Question into the International Arena

    Beacons of Hope and Justice: The Sèvres Treaty

    From Sèvres to Lausanne: Realpolitik Reigns Supreme

    Genocide in International Law: Nuremberg and the UN Convention

    The Turkish Genocide Denial during the Interwar Period

    The Reawakening: The 50th Commemoration Day on April 24, 1965

    The Resonance: The Diaspora as Agent of Remembrance and Recognition

  5. The Rediscovery of the Suppressed Genocide
  6. The Igniting Spark: The Genocide Survivor Gourgen Yanikian

    The First UN Genocide Study: The Ruhashyankiko Report, 1979

    The Iron Ladle: Armed Terrorism as Political Leverage

    The Entry into the Academia

    Which Memory to Preserve: The US Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Hearing the Neglected Victim: The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, 1984

    The UN Genocide Convention Revisited: The Whitaker Report, 1985

    The Pinnacle of the Recognition Process: European Parliament, 1987

  7. Memory, History and Justice: Towards Reconciliation
  8. The Karabakh Conflict: The Legacy Turned Catalyst for Independence

    Independence and the Genocide as Rule Setter

    Armenian-Turkish Relations and the Old Ghost of Genocide

    Parliamentary Recognitions: Writing History or Confirming the Research? *

    Legal Examination: Law and Politics

    The Unforgotten Genocide: The Centennial Commemoration, 2015

  9. Knowledge and (Dis)Acknowledgement: A Century of the Politics of Memory of the Armenian Genocide





About the Author

Vahagn Avedian is the editor of and The current publication is a modified version of his Ph.D. thesis at the History Department, Lund University.

About the Series

Mass Violence in Modern History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
HISTORY / Middle East / Turkey & Ottoman Empire