The Great Game of Genocide: Imperialism, Nationalism, and the Destruction of the Ottoman Armenians

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The Great Game of Genocide: Imperialism, Nationalism, and the Destruction of the Ottoman Armenians

Bloxham, Donald.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, 329 pages. ISBN 0-19-927356-1.

"If general deportation was an exceptional initiative, it was also a radicalized continuation of earlier traditions of deportation and banishment, and it is, furthermore, unlikely that the CUP leaders perceived quite so sharply the dividing line that has been drawn in some of the scholarship between the first deportations from Cilicia and those from Anatolia. in the latter deportations, traditions of population engineering and punitive dispersal were fused with another existing practice: that of collective 'reprisal' massacre, as perfected in the border regions--the element that transforms 'ethnic cleansing' into outright genocide."

Description:
The Great Game of Genocide casts new light on the event and on the ways it has been reshaped in the political and historical consciousness of the world ever since. The book's title, derived from the popular name of the nineteenth-century Russo-British race for hegemony in central Asia, alludes to the importance throughout of intern-imperial struggle and the changing geopolitics of the Near East.

Sample Chapters:

  • Prologue: Eastern Questions, Nationalist Answers
  • Ethnic 'Reprisal" and Ethnic Cleansing
  • Interlude: The Genocide in Context
  • Imperial Germany: A Case of Mistaken Identity
  • Ethnic Violence and the Entente, 1915-1923
  • Epilogue: The Geopolitics of Memory