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The History of the Armenian Genocide
Ethnic Conflict from the Balkans to Anatolia to the Caucasus
Vahakn N. Dadrian
ISBN 978-1-57181-666-5 $27.95/£22.95 Pb Published (December 2003)
“…a highly detailed yet accessible account.” • Choice
“…totally innovative … Dadrian exhibits exemplary objectivity and provides us with the fruits of a life of scholarship and research. An inestimable contribution to our knowledge of history.“ • Journal of the Society of Armenian Studies
“…marshals considerable evidence to show how the development of the Turkish-Armenian conflict escalated to the point of genocide … Dadrian makes [an] important contribution to our understanding of the dynamics of the Ottoman decision to destroy its Armenian subjects.“ • MESA Bulletin
“[The History of the Armenian Genocide] is without doubt the most important work ever done on this subject. [Dadrian's] painstaking archival work, and [his] wide reading in the relevant sources in Turkish, Armenian, German, French and English has no parallel. The book will stand as a monument parallel to Hilberg's master work, The Destruction of the European Jews … [He has] forced me to rethink the entire issue of comparisons and differences between the Armenian experience in World War I and the Jewish experience in World War II.“ • Steven T. Katz, Cornell University
“…an outstanding piece of scholarship … based on years of meticulous study of primary sources…“ • Leo Kuper, University of California
“…the author has pioneered the sociological study of the Armenian Genocide…“ • Roger Smith, College of William and Mary, Virginia
The Armenian Genocide, though not given such prominent treatment as the Jewish Holocaust which it precedes, still haunts the Western world and has assumed a new significance in the light of "ethnic cleansing" in Bosnia and, more recently, Darfur. This study by the most distinguished scholar of the Armenian tragedy offers an authoritative analysis by presenting it as a case study of genocide and by seeing it as an historical process in which a domestic conflict escalated and was finally consumed by global war.
Vahakn N. Dadrian (1926-2019) was director of a large Genocide Study Project sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the H. F. Guggenheim Foundation. He authored Warrant for Genocide: Key Elements in the Turko-Armenian Conflict (Transaction 1999) and co-authored with Taner Akçam of Judgment at Istanbul: The Armenian Genocide Trials (Berghahn, 2011). In 2005, he received four separate awards for his lifetime contribution to genocide studies. Vahakn Dadrian, who taught at the State University of New York (SUNY) system (1970-1991), was also Director of Genocide Research at the Zoryan Institute.