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Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009

Fatma Muge Gocek


To this day, the Turkish state officially denies that what happened to the Armenians in 1915 was genocide, while the Western scholarly community is almost in full agreement that what happened to the forcefully deported Armenian subjects of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 was genocide, in which approximately 800,000 to 1.5 million Armenians perished. This book studies why denial of collective violence persists in Turkish state and society. To capture the negotiation of meaning, it undertakes a qualitative analysis of 356 contemporaneous memoirs penned by 307 authors in addition to secondary sources, ... More

Keywords: denial, collective violence, memoirs, Turks, Armenians, Armenian Genocide, situated modernity, collective emotions, legitimating events, Introduction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199334209
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fatma Muge Gocek, author
University of Michigan