Rebel Land: Among Turkey’s Forgotten Peoples by Christopher de Bellaigue - review by Adam LeBor

Adam LeBor

Ottoman Atrocity

Rebel Land: Among Turkey’s Forgotten Peoples

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Hidden in a pile of documents given to the Turkish writer Murat Bardakçi by the widow of Talat Pasha, one of the architects of the Armenian genocide in 1915, is a piece of paper whose stark human accounting should lay to rest the debate over the destruction of the Ottoman Armenian community.

Armenian historians and activists, and a few brave Turkish academics such as Taner Akçam, author of A Shameful Act, have already set out a convincing case that a premeditated genocide took place. Turkish officials argue that the deaths were regrettable, but were the inevitable result of war and

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