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The Young Turks' Crime against HumanityThe Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire$
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Taner Akçam

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153339

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153339.001.0001

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Assimilation: The Conversion and Forced Marriage of Christian Children

Assimilation: The Conversion and Forced Marriage of Christian Children

(p.287) Nine Assimilation: The Conversion and Forced Marriage of Christian Children
The Young Turks' Crime against Humanity

Taner Akçam

Princeton University Press

This chapter contends that there are two reasons why the concept of assimilation was detached from the study of genocide. First, Armenian Genocide studies have suffered from the general weaknesses of the emerging field. Occupying the central place in these debates as a sine qua non, the Holocaust became the yardstick against which an event might or might not measure up as a genocide. As with other instances of mass violence, the fear that the events of 1915 would not be considered genocide if they did not resemble the Holocaust precluded serious analysis along the lines of dynamic social processes. Second, the understanding of assimilation as a process of the Armenian Genocide has been hampered by the character of available sources, mainly German and American consular reports, as well as missionary and survivor accounts.

Keywords:   assimilation, genocide, Armenian Genocide, Holocaust, mass violence, social processes, consular reports, survivor accounts

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