A Shameful Act

The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility

Taner Akcam

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A landmark assessment of Turkish culpability in the Armenian genocide, the first history of its kind by a Turkish historian
In 1915, under the cover of a world war, some one million Armenians were killed through starvation, forced marches, forced exile, and mass acts of slaughter. Although Armenians and world opinion have held the Ottoman powers responsible, Turkey has consistently rejected any claim of intentional genocide.
Now, in a pioneering work of excavation, Turkish historian Taner Akçam has made extensive and unprecedented use of Ottoman and other sources to produce a scrupulous charge sheet against the Turkish authorities. The first scholar of any nationality to have mined the significant evidence—in Turkish military and court records, parliamentary minutes, letters, and eyewitness accounts—Akçam follows the chain of events leading up to the killing and then reconstructs its systematic orchestration by coordinated departments of the Ottoman state, the ruling political parties, and the military. He also probes the crucial question of how Turkey succeeded in evading responsibility, pointing to competing international interests in the region, the priorities of Turkish nationalists, and the international community’s inadequate attempts to bring the perpetrators to justice.
As Turkey lobbies to enter the European Union, Akçam’s work becomes ever more important and relevant. Beyond its timeliness, A Shameful Act is sure to take its lasting place as a classic and necessary work on the subject.

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Taner Akcam

Born in Ardahan Province, Turkey, in 1953, Taner Akçam is the author of ten scholarly works of history and sociology, as well as numerous articles in Turkish, German, and English. He currently teaches at the University of Minnesota.

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A Shameful Act
The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility
Taner Akcam

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
August 2007
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ISBN: 9781466832121
ISBN10: 1466832126
496 pages, Includes one map
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August 2007
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ISBN: 9780805086652
ISBN10: 080508665X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 496 pages, Includes one map
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