The Great Game of Genocide

Read this excellent interview with Donald Bloxham, author of The Great Game of Genocide and lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. I really like his analytical, unagitated approach to an ugly topic. The interview's subject matter is the Armenian Genocide, an apparent historical fact which is still rather aggressively contended by contemporary Turkey, probably against better knowledge. However, it is interesting to see that another Edinburgh historian, Norman Stone, takes the opposite view to Mr Bloxham's in Weltwoche, namely that the genocide technically was not a genocide because it cannot be proved that the Ottoman government had ordered it. That's probably what happens when you try to adjudicate on historical matters by using non-legal historical terms.

The reason for this accumulation of articles about the Armenian genocide is an ongoing political controversy in France and Switzerland these days.

No comments: