Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Great Game of GenocideImperialism, Nationalism, and the Destruction of the Ottoman Armenians$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 24 October 2020

The USA: From Non-intervention to Non-recognition

The USA: From Non-intervention to Non-recognition

(p.185) 5 The USA: From Non-intervention to Non-recognition
The Great Game of Genocide

Donald Bloxham

Oxford University Press

The U.S. Congress refused to pass resolutions identifying as genocide the destruction of the Armenians. If the Europeans could discard the Armenians as easily as they had picked them up, American diplomats also swiftly learned that there was no political capital to be made in the Armenian cause. As with Germany in the 1890s, a useful means for the furtherance of political ends in Turkey for a power with aspirations in the region was a declaration of non-interest in the Armenian question. The strength of the diplomatic disavowal of concern was in direct proportion to the strength of American domestic sentiment that continued, unrealistically, to push for the establishment of an independent Armenia after Mustafa Kemal's defeat of the Greeks. The United States' non-intervention was highly selective and self-interested, which translated into a compliant policy of distortion and non-recognition of the events of 1915–1916.

Keywords:   United States, genocide, Armenians, Armenian question, diplomats, Turkey, non-intervention, Armenia

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .