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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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The First World War and the Development of the Armenian Genocide

The First World War and the Development of the Armenian Genocide

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(p.260) 12 The First World War and the Development of the Armenian Genocide
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A Question of Genocide
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Donald Bloxham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195393743.003.0013

This chapter examines the proximate causes of the Armenian genocide. It argues that there was no a priori blueprint for genocide, but rather that it emerged from a series of more limited regional measures in a process of cumulative policy radicalization. The chapter is also a plea for the normalization of the study of state-sponsored mass murder, for a recognition that it emerges, like many other governmental policies across a spectrum of regimes, often piecemeal, informed by ideology but according to shifts of circumstance.

Keywords:   Armenian genocide, Ottomans, state-sponsored mass murder, regional measures

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