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A Question of GenocideArmenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire$
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Ronald Grigor Suny, Fatma Müge Göçek, and Norman M. Naimark

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393743

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195393743.001.0001

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What Was Revolutionary about Armenian Revolutionary Parties in the Ottoman Empire?

What Was Revolutionary about Armenian Revolutionary Parties in the Ottoman Empire?

(p.82) 4 What Was Revolutionary about Armenian Revolutionary Parties in the Ottoman Empire?
A Question of Genocide

Gerard J. Libaridian

Oxford University Press

Armenian political parties were founded at the end of the nineteenth century to give a new direction to their Armenian constituents. They spoke, negotiated, and made decisions on behalf of the Armenians; and they sought to dominate the Armenians' cultural and religious institutions while transforming their collective identity. These parties were also active players in Ottoman political life, so active, in fact, that by 1908 they were widely considered as having replaced the church as the main intermediary between the Ottoman authorities and their Armenian subjects. This chapter does not aim to present a history of the revolutionary parties; nor is it a history of their relations with the Ottoman state. Rather, it attempts to delineate boundaries of political imagination developed by Armenian revolutionary organizations at their inception, boundaries created and crossed by ideology and praxis.

Keywords:   Armenian political parties, Ottoman Empire, revolutionary parties, political imagination

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