Ple of governance There s an interesting uote by
Camus that I think the reader can reflect on further Nothing is given to men and women and the that I think the reader can reflect on further Nothing is given to men and women and the they can conuer is paid with unjust deaths But man s greatness lies lsewhere It lies in *his decision to be stronger than his condition And if his condition is unjust he has only one way * decision to be stronger than his condition And if his condition is unjust he has only one way overcoming it which is to be just himself Prereuisites For Mass MurderInteresting book Melson draws a number of parallels between Turkish and German societies in the years leading up to the respective genocides Both societies contained a risng ntrepreneurial middle class that was selectively demonized and treated as an xternal threat the Armenians because half the population lived across the border of Turkey in Russia and the Jews who also had a significant Russian population and were labeled as Bolshevik conspirators Yet this perception ran counter to reality as German Jews considered themselves as German loyalists and non German Jews saw liberal German values as symbolic of the Enlightenment Armenian Turks were favourable towards Turkey than Russia as were Armenians on the Russian side of the borderThe other major factor was that the NSDAP National Socialist and CUP Turkish Committe of Union and
Progress were both revolutionary parties Melson contends that the revolutionary aspect of both regimes nabled their societies to throw off the were both revolutionary parties Melson contends that the revolutionary aspect of both regimes nabled their societies to throw off the moral constraints of their past for the Nazis it was Christianity s use of the Jews as a Witness People for the Turks it was the Pact that gave dhimmi minorities protected status He characterizes previous attempts to realize political parties during Bismark s rule as fragmented and ultimately failing in the public imagination because these parties were in opposition to the State whereas Hitler purported to defend it He juxtaposes this with attacks on Armenians during the reign of the last Sultan Hamid II during the years 1894 96 which though terrible did not. Hts of Jews after the fall of Imperial Germany and of Armenians after the fall of the Ottoman as well as attempted genocides in the Soviet Union and Cambodia He argues that genocide oft. I read Melson s xcellent comparative analysis
of the Armenian Genocide and the the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust for one of my Holocaust Genocide Studies courses and a clear and ye opening conceptual framework for understanding the relationship between genocide and revolution Something to note Not The Lady in Pink every revolution leads to genocide AND notvery genocide is a product only of revolution However Melson points out that genocide can many times result when an old regime unravels and a regime with a new ideology attempts to recreate society with a vision that Eyes excludes certain groups and casts them as thenemy There are significant similarities between the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide including the fact that the Jews and the Armenians were thnoreligious minorities under old regimes in Germany and the Ottoman Empire that held inferior status but had xperienced rapid social progress This led to the regimes considering how to deal with them for they represented a problem to the regime Though Sinner's Heart each group suffered persecution under the old regimes genocide was not activated until after a revolution had occurred inach placeIdeologies and political myths in both cases contributed to the policy of genocide that the state sanctioned In the case of the Armenian Genocide Turkish nationalism drove them to recognize the Armenian as a mortal nemy that could never be a part of the mpire and had to be Spirit of the Wolf eliminated Nazi racial and antisemitic ideology served to fuel a genocidal plan that saw the Jew as a global danger that also must beliminated Melson additionally highlights differences between the genocides in terms of the statuses of the Armenians and the Jews the ideologies of the Turks and the Nazis and the methods of destruction in ach case As illuminating as Melson s book is it s a grim and difficult topic but an important one I appreciated Melson s points in his conclusion Revolutions fought in the name of justice must not abandon justice as the princi. In a study that compares the major attempts at genocide in world history Robert Melson creates a sophisticated framework that links genocide to revolution and war He focuses on the plig. .
HOLOCAUST FOR ONE OF MY HOLOCAUST for one of my Holocaust Studies courses and
Review Revolution and Genocide On the Origins of the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust.
Lead to to mass murder I don t agree "With The Author On This "the author on this However he is convincing that until the collapse of the Ottoman Empire the Armenians were just another millet but with a reduced size in mpire the Armenians were numerous nough inside Turkey to be
seen as a threat to the survival ofas a threat to the survival of StateProfessor Melson s writing style is straightforward He tells you what he s about to he says it and then he summarizes it again possibly ffective in the classroom but not uite as satisfying in book Melson s command of the history of the Nazi ascent is uite impressive but time could have been used to tell about the details of the Armenian historyAs a note to where I am coming from and going to on this subject about 3 years ago I went to a book launch of Barbara Coloroso s Extraordinary Evil A Short Walk to Genocide which I also recommend Attending the launch was a representative group from the Armenian community I knew very little about the subject but I talked to them and promised that I would find out I was side tracked in my reading but I saw Melson s book and saw it as a way to fulfill my promise almost 3 years laterI m now reading Dadrian s Warrant for Genocide Key Elements of Turko Armenian Conflict Thus far I am favorably impressed I m also interested in following up what happened to a particular group of Armenians afterwards Melson made the intriguing comment that whereas Hitler would have pursued the Jews to the nds of the Earth the Armenians who made it as far as Syria and Lebanon admittedly few survived the forced marches through the desert were not marked for xtinction by the Turks He also remarked that another difference is that whereas a Jew was always a Jew a Turk was a Muslim who spoke Turkish so that Armenian Christians could convert and scape their fate I d like to xamine that statement in detail as well as find out about the fate and actions of others who were neither Muslim nor Armenian during that perio. En is the nd result of a complex process that starts when revolutionaries smash an old regime and in its wake try to construct a society that is pure according to ideological standards. .