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At the New Cutting Edge, The Armenian Genocide: A Complete History, is launched in London 

by Nora Vosbigian (London)

 

Raymond Kevorkian's study, The Armenian Genocide: a Complete History, was the focus of a lecture at SOAS (University of London) on 6 June 2011. Dr. Kevorkian, who was present at the event, was introduced by Ara Sarafian (Gomidas Institute). The lecture was organised by the Armenian Studies programme at SOAS and the Gomidas Institute (London). 

 

In his introductory remarks, Sarafian noted that Raymond Kevorkian's work presented a new standard in Armenian Genocide research. This was because Kevorkian managed to combine a variety of eyewitness accounts, more than any other scholar, to corroborate a detailed narrative of the Armenian Genocide. He integrated Armenian language accounts--the voice of the victims--and re-engaged with an Armenian intellectual tradition that had been lost. This tradition, so vital in any discussion of the events of 1915, was the work of surviving Armenian intellectuals who, after WWI, reflected on the world around them and articulated a critical perspective on Armenian issues. They were well versed in Ottoman and other languages and provided invaluable commentaries on the Armenian issue as it was discussed in Ottoman newspapers and official records, such as the 1918-1919 trials of Young Turk leaders. 

 

Sarafian also pointed out that Kevorkian's work had a cutting analytical element, which started from the build-up to the genocide, the actual genocidal process itself, and the post genocide politics of Ottoman Turkey. At the centre of his work were a set of regional micro-histories which looked at what happened in different regions of the Ottoman Empire. These detailed accounts allow readers to see both the common genocide policies that were pursued in 1915, as well as the differences across the empire. For example, one could see that most Armenians in the eastern provinces were massacred. The pretence of a “deportation policy” was minimal.

 

Most of the deportees who actually arrived in the so-called resettlement zones were from central and western parts of the Ottoman Empire. Kevorkian also divided the genocidal killings into two distinct phases. The first was carried out in 1915, when most Armenians were killed. Those who survived deportations and reached resettlement zones remained in camps until a second decision was taken to destroy them in 1916. Within three months, most of these surviving Armenians were also killed.

 

Kevorkian, in his presentation, elaborated on various aspects of his book. He stressed the organisation of the process of genocide, including the confiscation and re-distribution of Armenian properties, in an effort to co-opt different groups into the genocide process, and to create a new Turkish middle class to replace that of Armenians. The overarching ideological context of the killings was the creation of a Turkish state. Religion (Islam) was also exploited in the organisation of killings.

 

Kevorkian's presentation was followed by a lively question and answer period. Copies of his book were available for sale at concessionary prices.

 

* The Armenian Genocide: a Complete History, 1,200 pages, was originally published in French. The English translation was released by I.B. Tauris in March 2011 and is now available from Garod Books Ltd. RRP £45.00. Post free. To order a copy, please write to books@garodbooks.com. Offer valid for the European Union.

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European Premiere Book Release*

The Armenian Genocide: A Complete History (I. B. Tauris, 2011)

The Armenian Genocide: A Complete History"This is the most comprehensive book to date on the Armenian Genocide of 1915. In this detailed account, Raymond Kevorkian describes the process which drove 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire to their deaths."

--Le Monde

                "This is a major, magnificent achievement of scholarship. It is hard to imaginethe book being surpassed for decades in terms of the breadth and depth of its research and the scale of its undertaking."

                --Donald Bloxham, Professor of Modern History University of Edinburgh

                "This mighty volume constitutes the most complete summary to date."

                -- Histoforum, Paris

                You are cordially invited to a special lecture and book launch of 

                The Armenian Genocide: A Complete History      (I. B. Tauris, 2011)

                in the presence of Prof. Raymond Kevorkian

                at Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS  (University of London)

                on 6 June 2011, 6:30 pm

                Please RSVP SOAS@gomidas.org

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