This is a study based largely on neglected sources from Turkish and Armenian archives covering the years 1908 to 1915. It discusses the rise of the “Committee of Union and Progress,” the nascent Kurdish nationalist movement, and the annihilation of the Ottoman Armenian population. The deportation and massacre of Armenians was a complex process with central authorities in Istanbul, regional governors, and local elites competing for control. Consequently, decision-making, deportations, assimilation policies, the seizure of Armenian properties as well as the settlement of Kurdish and other Muslim groups appear in a new light. Rather than following a strict preconceived plan, Ottoman authorities regularly implemented ill-defined policies. Often they followed suggestions from governors.

The book does not present the developments in the region in a dichotomous perspective but emphasizes complexities beyond the governing paradigms and opens new avenues for research and discussion.

 

Introduction

PART ONE
CHAPTER 1 Social Conflict
Industry
Population

CHAPTER 2 The ‘Old Order’ in Diarbekir Province:
Urban Notables and Rural Tribes
The 1905 Coup
The 1907 Coup

CHAPTER 3 The CUP’s Rise to Power

CHAPTER 4 The Assault on the Milli Confederation
Atrocities Committed Against the Sharkian Tribe
The Aftermath of the Atrocities

CHAPTER 5 Local Politics
The Kurdish Club

CHAPTER 6 Kurdish Resistance to CUP Rule in Diarbekir Province, 1909-1914

PART TWO
CHAPTER 7 The Last Months of Peace
Mobilization and Requistions
The Diarbekir Fire
Internal Security in Diarbekir Province

CHAPTER 8 The Early Months of the War

CHAPTER 9 The Appointment of Governor Reshid Bey

CHAPTER 10 The Alleged Armenian Threat

CHAPTER 11 The Creation of a Terrorist Organization
A ‘Two-Track System’ of Government?

CHAPTER 12 Targeting the Armenian Elite
Further Arms Searches
Was Diarbekir an Armenian Revolutionary Center?
The Murder of Arshag Vramian
The Annihilation of Diarbekir’s Armenian Elite
The Annihilation of Ottoman Armenian Leaders in Diarbekir Province
The Murder of Krikor Zohrab and Vartges Serengulian
The Hunt for the Killers
Decorations
Justifications

CHAPTER 13 Reshid Bey and American Missionaries
‘A Suspicious Death’
The Case of Albert Atkinson

CHAPTER 14 Deportations
The Experiences of Armenian Deportees
Ottoman-German Opposition Against Reshid Bey at Mosul
Reshid Bey’s Agenda
The Limits of Central Government Coordination
Micro Managing?
The Death Toll

CHAPTER 15 Exemptions

CHAPTER 16 Armenian Property

CHAPTER 17 The Failed ‘Turkification’ of Diarbekir Province

CHAPTER 18 Mardin
Expelling Mardin’s American Missionaries

CHAPTER 19 Midiat

CHAPTER 20 Hazak - Djezire

CHAPTER 21 The Fringe of the Desert
Tell Arman
Kesor

CHAPTER 22 Severek District
Veranshehir

CHAPTER 23 Urfa
19 August 1915
The Annihilation of the Armenian Labor Battalion Soldiers

CHAPTER 24 Rasulain

CHAPTER 25 The Assassinations of Husein Nesimi Bey and Ali Sabid Bey

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

Hilmar Kaiser’in İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları’nca İngilizce olarak basılan kitabı ‘The Extermination of Armenians in the Diarbekir Region’ (Diyabakır Bölgesinde Ermenilerin Yok edilmesi) bugüne dek kullanılmamış Osmanlı belgelerine dayalı olan ilk vaka çalışması olma özelliğine sahip. Kaiser, ‘tüm zamanların en büyük suçlularından biri’ olarak nitelendirdiği Diyarbakır Valisi Dr. Reşid ve yörenin ileri gelen ailelerinin, soykırım ve öncesindeki katliamlardaki payını, İttihat ve Terakki politikalarıyla ilişkili olarak, somut belgelere dayanan ayrıntılı bir araştırmayla yeni baştan değerlendirirken; soykırım tartışmasındaki yaygın görüşlere alternatif karmaşık bir güç ilişkileri modeli öneriyor.
Evrim Kaya, 28 Temmuz 2014, Agos

http://www.agos.com.tr/tr/yazi/7675/1915te-kolektif-kurt-sucu-yok-ama-sorumluluk-orada-duruyor

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Hilmar Kaiser

Dr. Glendale-Hilmar Kaiser (usually referred to as Dr. Hilmar Kaiser) is a German-American historian who completed his Ph. D. in European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His educational focus is Ottoman Social and Economical history, and Ottoman-German relations. Most people regard him as a genocide scholar for his work dealing with the disputed Armenian Genocide. Kaiser has conducted research in more than 60 archives including the Turkish-Ottoman Archives in Istanbul.