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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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Epilogue: The Geopolitics of Memory

Epilogue: The Geopolitics of Memory

(p.207) 6 Epilogue: The Geopolitics of Memory
The Great Game of Genocide

Donald Bloxham

Oxford University Press

The end of the Second World War brought changes from 1945 onwards in the international system. With the introduction of the concept of genocide in international law, growing awareness of genocide as a phenomenon after the murder of the European Jews, and increased Armenian commemorative activity and political activism in the diaspora, Turkish denial and the international community had to adapt. Thus far, the two occidental powers wielding successively the greatest influence in the Near East, Britain and the United States, had been prepared to collude in the Turkish denial process as far as it would go. They worked on the principle that the fewer questions asked about how Turkey was pared down from a multi-ethnic empire to a self-confessed nation state the better. Nevertheless, owing to the temporal proximity of the violence of 1915–1916, and the mark that it made at the time in the consciousness of the world, it proved impossible fully to dissolve the memory of the genocide of Ottoman Armenians.

Keywords:   Armenians, genocide, Turkey, United States, Britain, memory, Turkish denial

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