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GENOCIDE IN TREBIZOND: A CASE STUDY OF ARMENO-TURKISH RELATIONS DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR

KEVORK YEGHIA SUAKJIAN, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

This study analyzes a case study of genocide that occurred in the summer of 1915 in the province of Trebizond, in the Ottoman Empire. Two research questions are addressed. First, what were the contributing factors to the destruction of the Armenian people by the Turks? Second, what were the characteristic features of genocide as practiced in the province of Trebizond? The case study method has been utilized. The data have been gathered from eyewitness accounts, official dispatches of contemporary foreign consuls, and secondary works. The first chapter is introductory. Among other relevant topics it introduces two theoretic constructs of genocide. The construct discussed by Irving L. Horowitz, in his, Genocide: State Power and Mass Murder (New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Books, 1976) is one of them; and the construct developed by Vahakn N. Dadrian, in his, "The Common Features of the Armenian and Jewish Cases of Genocide: A Comparative Victimological Perspective," in Israel Drapkin and Emilio Viano, eds., Victimology: A New Focus, Violence and the Victims (Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, 1975) is the other. These two constructs are discussed as they relate to the Armenian, Jewish and Bengali cases of genocide in the concluding Chapter V. Chapter II is concerned with the factors which contributed to the consummation of the Armeno-Turkish case of genocide. In doing so, it distinguishes between two analytical concepts: preconditions and initiating events. Chapters III and IV focus upon the characteristic features of the Armeno-Turkish case of genocide in the province of Trebizond. In the concluding Chapter V an effort is made to try to locate and explain any similarities and differences among two cases of genocide: the Turko-Armenian, and the Germano-Jewish. Moreover, the two theoretical schemes of Horowitz and Dadrian are applied to the aforementioned three test cases of genocide.

Subject Area

Public administration

Recommended Citation

SUAKJIAN, KEVORK YEGHIA, "GENOCIDE IN TREBIZOND: A CASE STUDY OF ARMENO-TURKISH RELATIONS DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR" (1981). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI8113288.
https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI8113288

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