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The Great Game of GenocideImperialism, Nationalism, and the Destruction of the Ottoman Armenians$
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Donald Bloxham

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273560.001.0001

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Interlude: The Genocide in Context

Interlude: The Genocide in Context

(p.97) Interlude: The Genocide in Context
The Great Game of Genocide

Donald Bloxham

Oxford University Press

Having removed most of the Armenians, and accepted the probable loss of the Arab provinces, it would be left to the Committee of Union and Progress's (CUP) successor regime to continue the homogenization process by removing the remaining Armenian population, then the Anatolian Greeks, and finally focusing on the Kurds. As with the development of the Armenian genocide, however, each of these episodes of persecution, displacement, and murder had its own dynamics, pattern, and intensity. The relationship between intention and contingency remained intimate, and the Entente powers had a profound responsibility for the re-escalation of inter-ethnic violence after the close of the First World War. But before moving to the Kemalist period, it should be recalled that the Armenians were not the only targets of CUP population engineering and murder. Here, the way the genocide fitted into greater Ottoman demographic schemes is examined, along with state-formation in the Caucasus from 1918 to 1920 and the ethnic homogenization process common to other states in the Balkans and east-central Europe in the first half of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Armenians, genocide, Committee of Union and Progress, persecution, displacement, murder, Caucasus, ethnic homogenization, Balkans, Kurds

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