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The Thirty-Year Genocide

Turkey’s Destruction of Its Christian Minorities, 1894–1924

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674916456

Publication Date: 04/24/2019


672 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

30 photos, 7 maps, 2 tables


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

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

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.Financial Times

Gut-wrenching… Morris and Ze’evi convey well the horror of the killings.—John Waterbury, Foreign Affairs

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

In well over six hundred pages the authors detail, town by town and village by village, the atrocities that led to the elimination of Christians from Turkey… A monumental achievement.—Gabriel Said Reynolds, Commonweal

Remarkable… A warning from history, perhaps, that this incisive work transmits to us in these dark days of political turmoil.—Colin Shindler, Jewish Chronicle

Important and ambitious… They break new ground in the attempt to tie various massacres and atrocities at different times and places into a seamless genocidal web extending on and off for thirty years… Benny Morris and Dror Ze’evi have done a great service to the study of comparative genocide.—David Gaunt, Bustan

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

A must read for anyone interested in the tragic events and history which inevitably shaped the modern world.—Eleni Sakellis, National Herald

An exhaustive account of Turkish policies towards Christians from the waning years of the Ottoman Caliphate through the first decade of Atatürk’s rule.—Dov S. Zakheim, National Interest

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.—Jacob Heilbrun, The Spectator

The evidence cited in this well-researched book is overwhelming… By looking at previously isolated events in a broader view, Morris and Ze’evi open new horizons on these events. What they reveal has global implications.—Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, Middle East Quarterly

The proof in this well-researched book is overwhelming… Hugely important.—Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, Neue Politische Literatur

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

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