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The Thirty-Year Genocide


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Benny Morris, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, has published books about the history of the Zionist-Arab conflict. He has also written about the conflict in the New York Review of Books, New York Times, New Republic, and The Guardian. Dror Ze'evi, Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, has published several books on Ottoman and Middle Eastern history.


A landmark contribution to the study of these epochal events...A richly textured and highly sensitive study...The authors document, in painstaking detail and with constant reference to their key arguments, the centrally planned murder and deportation of Christians throughout Turkey.--Mardean Isaac"Times Literary Supplement" (09/17/2019)
A must read for anyone interested in the tragic events and history which inevitably shaped the modern world.--Eleni Sakellis"National Herald" (05/05/2019)
An exhaustive account of Turkish policies towards Christians from the waning years of the Ottoman Caliphate through the first decade of Ataturk's rule.--Dov S. Zakheim"National Interest" (08/08/2019)
Brilliantly researched and written...Benny Morris and Dror Ze'evi cast a careful eye upon the ghastly events that took place in the final decades of the Ottoman empire, when its rulers decided to annihilate their Christian subjects. They emphasize that the three waves of violence against the Christians living in Anatolia were not spasmodic or distinct, but formed part of a larger and coherent plan to destroy them utterly. Hitler and the Nazis gleaned lessons from this genocide that they then applied to their own efforts to extirpate Jews from the face of the Earth.-- (12/01/2019)
Forces me to re-examine my understanding of the Armenian Genocide...It will stand in both the historical records of nations and in the field of Genocide studies as a monumental marker of excellence.--Gilbert Bilezikian"Massis Post" (06/12/2019)
Gut-wrenching...Morris and Ze'evi convey well the horror of the killings.--John Waterbury"Foreign Affairs" (08/12/2019)
Offers a subtle diagnosis of why, at particular moments over a span of three decades, Ottoman rulers and their successors unleashed torrents of suffering.--Bruce Clark"New York Times Book Review" (07/12/2019)
Remarkable...A warning from history, perhaps, that this incisive work transmits to us in these dark days of political turmoil.--Colin Shindler"Jewish Chronicle" (09/01/2019)
The book's strength lies in the fact that it has a broader perspective than many other books on the subject... Morris and Ze'evi have given us an outstanding representation of the fate of the Christian minorities during this crucial thirty-year period.--Svante Lundgren"Svenska Dagbladet" (05/24/2019)
The mass killings of Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Christians in the late Ottoman era and early 1920s have been the subject of several excellent studies in recent years. The Israeli historians Morris and Ze'evi add value by knitting together the three main episodes of violent persecution in a comprehensive narrative.-- (12/03/2019)
Again and again, I was brought up short by the sheer, terrible, shocking accounts of violence in Morris's and Zeevi's work... Is it possible for a people to be so inured to cruelty that they changed, that their acts of sadism could alter their humanity?--Robert Fisk "The Independent "

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