Historical Archives and the Historians' Commission to Investigate the Armenian Events of 1915

Historical Archives and the Historians' Commission to Investigate the Armenian Events of 1915

by Yucel Guclu


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Historical Archives and the Historians' Commission to Investigate the Armenian Events of 1915 demonstrates the vital importance of Ottoman and other relevant archives in Turkey for the study of the Armenian question. Historians, assisted by newly discovered or recently published materials, must continually reassess events of the past in order to achieve a rounder view. The Armenian events of 1915 are certainly no exception. This study encourages further engagement between the policy-making and the scholarly communities by indicating the continued importance of past records and documents for today's pressing debates. In order to give a fuller picture, this survey also looks at some major relevant archival sources outside Turkey, including the state of archives of the First Republic of Armenia and those of the Dashnak Party. Yücel Güçlü's inquiry sheds light on some of the British records relating to the First World War and its immediate aftermath locked at the National Archives in Kew, London, and he examines the special relevance of repositories in Moscow and St. Petersburg in understanding the Turkish-Armenian conflict. Güçlü assesses Turkey's proposal to establish an international historians' commission to investigate the Armenian events of 1915 and reviews in-depth the meanings and implications of the protocols of cooperation signed between Turkey and Armenia on 10 October 2009. By turning a modern eye on historical events, this study gives great and necessary attention to discovering the precise chronology, meaning, and development of the continuing negotiations between Turkey and Armenia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761865667
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Yücel Güçlü is a historian. His previous publications include The Sanjak of Alexandretta: A Study in Turkish-French-Syrian Relations, Numan Menemencioğlu: Eminence Grise of the Turkish Foreign Service, Cevat Açıkalın: The Life and Career of a Turkish Diplomat, The Turcomans and Kirkuk, Armenians and the Allies in Cilicia 1914-1923, The Holocaust and the Armenian Case in Comparative Perspective, and Zeki Kuneralp and the Turkish Foreign Service.

Table of Contents

Introduction Why the present study? Subject Matter Sources and Methodology Chapter 1 Earliest Origins and Structures of the Ottoman Archives Origins of the Ottoman Archives Ottoman Paleography and Diplomatics Conservation and Classification in the BOA Introductions and Guides to the BOA Chapter 2 Emergence of Modern Turkey's Archive System The First Modern Archives Archival and Library Resources in İstanbul The Prime Minister's Office Ottoman Archive The Structure of Ottoman Government Orders Format Tax Registers Registers of Ottoman Non-Muslims Yıldız Palace Archive The State of Ottoman Records and Papers Chapter 3 Developments in the Turkish Archives Since 1989 Turgut Özal and the Archives Chapter 4 The Archives and Historical Controversy Developments Since Opening the Archives The Milestone Case of Perinçek v. Switzerland The Importance of Studying Ottoman Documents Chapter 5 Turkish Archives and Foreign Scholars The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Archive from the Twentieth Century The Ottoman Ministry of Foreign Affairs Archive Records of the Sublime Porte Archives Not Consulted Because Unavailable to Scholars Application Formalities and Working Conditions Greatly Eased Recruitment and Training of New Archivists Provenance and Maintenance of Order Bernard Lewis's Work in the Ottoman Archives Stanford Shaw's Work in the Ottoman Archives Some Distinguished Turkish Historians Views of International Scholars on the Ottoman Archival Services Today Mustafa Budak Chapter 6 The Directorate General of State Archives The Centenary of 1915 Website of the Directorate General of State Archives Publications of the Directorate General of State Archives The Sublime Porte and the Armenians in Documents Ottoman Materials in English İsmet Binark Legislation on State Archives BOA Moved to a New Site Chapter 7 Military Archives The Turkish General Staff Military History and Strategic Studies Directorate's Archive Holdings of the ATASE Scholars in the ATASE Publications of the ATASE Chapter 8 The Turkish Historical Society's Archive and the National Library The Turkish Historical Society The THS Journals The THS Archive Enver Pasha Collection Kazım Orbay Collection The National Library Chapter 9 Muslim Court Records and Others Muslim Court Records Armenians in Muslim Court Records Scholars and Muslim Court Records Manuscripts and Special Collections: Maps, Photographs, and Engravings The Republican Archive Other Archive Collections Chapter 10 The Armenian Archives Armenian Depositories Applications by Non-Armenian Scholars to Use the Armenian Archives The Türkyılmaz Case: A Turkish Scholar Harassed in Yerevan Calls to Open the Armenian Archives to Scholars The Armenian Resource Materials Armenian National Archives Chapter 11 The British Archives Major British Depository Britain's Unopened Archives and the Eastern Mediterranean Special Intelligence Bureau British Military Intelligence Documents of the First World War EMSIB Records Must Be Opened The Malta Deportations and Early Attempts at Prosecution Absence of Evidence Chapter 12 The Russian Archives Russian Depositories Before Perestroika Opening of the Russian Archives Guides to the Russian Archival Sources Release and Organization of the Russian Archival Materials Importance of the Russian Archives to Turkish History Chapter 13 Whither the Turkish-Armenian Debate? A Task for Historians Turkey's Proposal to Establish an International Historians' Commission Chapter 14 The First World War and Its Archival Records Armenians and the Turkish-Russian Conflict in the First World War Documents Key to History Chapter 15 From Historical Controversy to Political Campaigning Debates in the British and European Parliaments Turkey and the European Union Turkey and the United Nations Convention on Genocide Chapter 16 The Quest for Facts Turkish Prime M...

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