America and the Armenian Genocide of 1915 (Studies in the by Jay Winter

By Jay Winter

Lengthy ahead of 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 realized of this disaster and attempted to assist its sufferers. wisdom and compassion, in spite of the fact that, weren't adequate to forestall the killings, and a poor precedent was once born in 1915. The Armenian genocide has haunted the U.S. and different Western international locations during the 20th century.

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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.

What they let free was a kind of war unlike any the world had ever seen before. Our search to understand the historical setting of the Armenian genocide of 1915 brings us abruptly to this new framework of violence and international conflict which I call total war. The notion of “total war” is a term notoriously difficult to define. Let me try. In its constituent parts, total war resembled other conflicts. The elements out of which it was forged were not at all new. There were anticipations and precursors; the American Civil War, as we shall see, is one of them.

New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1981), p. 71. 37 38 Jay Winter Total war and genocide in the twentieth century The Armenian genocide unfolded during the Great War of 1914–18, a conflict which began as a conventional conflict and then turned into total war, the first of its kind. When industrialized nations, supported by imperial dominions, took the decision to go to war, and stayed at war over an extended period, they opened a Pandora’s box. What they let free was a kind of war unlike any the world had ever seen before.

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