America and the Armenian Genocide of 1915 by Jay Winter

By Jay Winter

Lengthy earlier than Rwanda and Bosnia and the Holocaust, the 1st genocide of the 20th century happened in Turkish Armenia in 1915. The essays during this assortment study how americans discovered of this disaster and attempted to assist its sufferers. wisdom and compassion, although, weren't sufficient to prevent the killings, and a bad precedent was once born in 1915. The Armenian genocide has haunted the U.S. and different Western international locations through the 20th century.

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Xxiii; Charles N. : Mahjoubian, 1995). Twentieth-century genocides 19 Between April 1915 and September 1922, 1,450,000 Armenians had been murdered. In the anguished words of Richard Hovannisian, “Our generation didn’t have grandparents. ” As with the Jewish Holocaust, so with the Armenian Genocide, the statistics are overwhelming, but it is possible to focus on many thousands of separate episodes, incidents, and individual stories. The story, for example, of the massacres in Sivas – of the fate of so many of those potential grandparents – has recently been told by Agop J.

3 I believe the term has more bite than that, though it needs to be handled with care. When the war of 1914 failed to produce a rapid outcome, when it turned into a form of siege warfare among industrial powers whose dominions stretched across the 3 Roger Chickering, “Total War: The Use and Abuse of a Concept,” in Manfred F. , Anticipating Total War: The German and American Experiences, 1871–1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), p. 23. The Armenian Genocide in the context of total war 39 world, it mutated into another kind of war, bigger, more lethal, and more corrosive than any previous conflict.

II, p. 163. 24 Sir Martin Gilbert In the fighting against the Japanese in 1938, a million Chinese soldiers were killed or wounded. Tens of thousands of Chinese civilians were killed in Japanese air raids. If not genocide, then certainly a cruel fate – simply for being Chinese. 53 On 27 September 1938 the British Consul in Trebizond, after referring to the Armenian massacres in the same region in 1915, reported to the Foreign Office in London: “Thousands of Kurds, including women and children, were slain; others, mostly children, were thrown into the Euphrates; while thousands of others in less hostile areas, who had first been deprived of their cattle and other belongings, were deported to vilayets in Central Anatolia.

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