Kresta in the Afternoon – November 5, 2019 – Hour 1

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  • Description: Armenian Americans breathed a sigh of relief last week when the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved Resolution 296 to recognize the Armenian Genocide, which killed about 1.5 million people between 1915 and 1923. Recognition of the genocide has become very politicized, especially for countries looking to improve relations with Turkey, he modern-day succession to the Ottoman Empire. We'll talk more with Ronald Suny.
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    • Ronald Suny
      Ronald Suny is Professor of History at the University of Michigan where he was the first holder of the Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History and founded the Armenian Studies Program. He is the author of They Can Live in the Desert But Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide. He has served as Chairman of the Society for Armenian Studies.
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    • “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else”: A History of the Armenian Genocide

      Starting in early 1915, the Ottoman Turks began deporting and killing hundreds of thousands of Armenians in the first major genocide of the twentieth century. By the end of the First World War, the number of Armenians in what would become Turkey had been reduced by 90 percent―more than a million people. A century later, the Armenian Genocide remains controversial but relatively unknown, overshadowed by later slaughters and the chasm separating Turkish and Armenian interpretations of events. In this definitive narrative history, Ronald Suny cuts through nationalist myths, propaganda, and denial to provide an unmatched account of when, how, and why the atrocities of 1915–16 were committed. Drawing on archival documents and eyewitness accounts, this is an unforgettable chronicle of a cataclysm that set a tragic pattern for a century of genocide and crimes against humanity. (learn more)

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