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The Great Game of GenocideImperialism, Nationalism, and the Destruction of the Ottoman Armenians$
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Donald Bloxham

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273560.001.0001

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The USA: From Non-intervention to Non-recognition

The USA: From Non-intervention to Non-recognition

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(p.185) 5 The USA: From Non-intervention to Non-recognition
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The Great Game of Genocide
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Donald Bloxham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273560.003.0008

The U.S. Congress refused to pass resolutions identifying as genocide the destruction of the Armenians. If the Europeans could discard the Armenians as easily as they had picked them up, American diplomats also swiftly learned that there was no political capital to be made in the Armenian cause. As with Germany in the 1890s, a useful means for the furtherance of political ends in Turkey for a power with aspirations in the region was a declaration of non-interest in the Armenian question. The strength of the diplomatic disavowal of concern was in direct proportion to the strength of American domestic sentiment that continued, unrealistically, to push for the establishment of an independent Armenia after Mustafa Kemal's defeat of the Greeks. The United States' non-intervention was highly selective and self-interested, which translated into a compliant policy of distortion and non-recognition of the events of 1915–1916.

Keywords:   United States, genocide, Armenians, Armenian question, diplomats, Turkey, non-intervention, Armenia

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