1st Edition

The Armenian Genocide
Wartime Radicalization or Premeditated Continuum

ISBN 9781412806190
Published December 15, 2006 by Routledge
468 Pages

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Book Description

World War I was a watershed, a defining moment, in Armenian history. Its effects were unprecedented in that it resulted in what no other war, invasion, or occupation had achieved in three thousand years of identifiable Armenian existence. This calamity was the physical elimination of the Armenian people and most of the evidence of their ever having lived on the great Armenian Plateau, to which the perpetrator side soon gave the new name of Eastern Anatolia. The bearers of an impressive martial and cultural history, the Armenians had also known repeated trials and tribulations, waves of massacre, captivity, and exile, but even in the darkest of times there had always been enough remaining to revive, rebuild, and go forward.

This third volume in a series edited by Richard Hovannisian, the dean of Armenian historians, provides a unique fusion of the history, philosophy, literature, art, music, and educational aspects of the Armenian experience. It further provides a rich storehouse of information on comparative dimensions of the Armenian genocide in relation to the Assyrian, Greek and Jewish situations, and beyond that, paradoxes in American and French policy responses to the Armenian genocides. The volume concludes with a trio of essays concerning fundamental questions of historiography and politics that either make possible or can inhibit reconciliation of ancient truths and righting ancient wrongs.

Table of Contents

Part 1: History and Philosophy
1. The Armenian Genocide: Wartime Radicalization
or Premeditated Continuum?
Richard Hovannisian
2. Philosophy and the Age of Genocide: Reflections on
the Armenian Genocide
Michael Papazian
3. Rethinking Dehumanization in Genocide
Henry C. Theriault
4. Testimony: From Document to Monument
Marc Nichanian
Part 2: Literature, Art, Film, and Music
5. Across the Chasm: From Catastrophe to Creativity
Barlow Der Mugrdechian
6. The Armenian Genocide in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake
Marc Aram Mamigonian
7. Historical Memory: Threading the Contemporary
Literature of Armenia
Rubina Peroomian
8. Leon Tutundjian—TRAuma in ART
Jean Murachanian
9. Historicization of the Armenian Catastrophe:
From the Concrete to the Mythical
Hrag Varjabedian
10. The Diasporic Witness: Reconstruction of
Testimony by Contemporary Los Angeles Artists
Ramela Grigorian Abbamontian
11. Musical Perspectives on the Armenian Genocide:
From Aznavour to "System of a Down"
Jack Der-Sarkissian
Part 3: Education
12. "No Mandate Left Behind"? Genocide Education
in the Era of High-Stakes Testing
Nicole E. Vartanian
13. Teaching about the Armenian Genocide
Adam Strom
14. Exposure of the Armenian Genocide in Cyberspace:
A Comparative Analysis
Hagop Gulludjian
Part 4: Comparative Dimensions
15. The Assyrian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire and
Adjacent Territories
Anahit Khosroeva
16. Greek Labor Battalions in Asia Minor
Speros Vryonis, Jr.
17. Comparative Aspects of the Armenian and Jewish
Cases of Genocide
Tigran Matosyan
18. The Armenian Genocide in the Syrian Press
Nora Arissian
19. A Legacy of Paradox: U.S. Foreign Policy and the
Armenian Genocide
Suzanne E. Moranian
20. French Society and the Armenian Genocide
Philippe Videlier
Part 5: Historiography and Reconciliation
21. Turkish Historiography and the Unbearable Weight of 1915
Fatma Muge Go;cek
22. Venturing into the Minefield: Turkish Liberal Historiography
and the Armenian Genocide
Bedross Der Matossian
23. Can Memory of Genocide Lead to Reconciliation?
Elazar Barkan
24. Anatomy of Post-Genocide Reconciliation
Simon Payaslian
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