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Peace and Conflict Studies Volume 21 | Number 1 Article 4 5-1-2014 After a Century of Injustice: Moving Toward Turkish Recognition of the Armenian Genocide Ashley Kalagian Blunt University of Winnipeg , [email protected] Follow this and additional works at: Part of the Peace and Conflict Studies Commons This Article is brought to you for free and open access by the CAHSS Journals at NSUWorks. It has been accepted for inclusion in Peace and Conflict Studies by an authorized administrator of NSUWorks. For more information, please contact [email protected] . Recommended Citation Blunt, Ashley Kalagian (2014) "After a Century of Injustice: Moving Toward Turkish Recognition of the Armenian Genocide," Peace and Conflict Studies : Vol. 21: No. 1, Article 4. Available at:
After a Century of Injustice: Moving Toward Turkish Recognition of the Armenian Genocide Abstract Nearly one hundred years have passed since the Armenian genocide, which prefaced and in some ways encouraged the Holocaust – yet the Turkish government continues to deny the genocide and uses political manipulation to prevent its recognition by others. The denial’s history has been one of collaborative repression, but in recent years Turkish voices have joined with Armenians’ in the struggle for recognition; collaborative struggle, particularly in recognition of shared history, may represent the best chance to pressure Turkey to federally recognize the genocide. This paper explores the machinations of the denial and its significance in the twenty-first century, as well as the consequences of the Armenian genocide for its victims and their descendants. As a global perspective drawn from Armenian diaspora studies demonstrates, the genocide remains a significant part of a global consciousness of pan-Armenian identity. This identity remains trapped as a victim of the genocide, just as the denial entraps Turkish identity. Author Bio(s) Ashley Kalagian Blunt completed her Master of Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, and currently teaches for the University of Winnipeg. She has lived and worked in Canada, South Korea, Peru, Mexico and Australia. Her research interests include genocide, diaspora, intercultural communication, and cultural identity. Email: [email protected] This article is available in Peace and Conflict Studies:
Peace and Conflict Studies Volume 21, Number 1 69 After a Century of Injustice: Moving Toward Turkish Recognition of the Armenian Genocide Ashley Kalagian Blunt Abstract Nearly one hundred years have passed since the Armenian genocide, which prefaced and in some ways encouraged the Holocaust yet the Turkish government continues to deny the genocide and uses political manipulation to prevent its recognition by others. The denial’s history has been one of collaborative repression, but in recent years Turkish voices have joined with Armenians’ in the stru ggle for recognition; collaborative

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