«“And how about your grandfather? From whom did he buy this place?” The man paused hesitantly before responding. And then after a few moments, he softly murmured to the ground beneath him, “There were #Armenians here.”» #ArmenianGenocide
This is a study of the Armenian genocide but also the biography of a city in a time of trouble and violence. From @mitSelimKurt1, "The Armenians of Aintab: Economics of Genocide in an Ottoman Province (New Texts Out Now)" buff.ly/36UArJG

4:05 PM · Jul 25, 2021

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«I said, “What Armenians? What are you talking about? Were there Armenians in Gaziantep?” He nodded. I was getting annoyed with the opacity of his answers. “So, what happened to them? Where did they go?” He retorted indifferently: “They left.”»
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«My book has the potential to provide new insights on local agency and the role of local societies in the perpetration of this atrocity. It brings back the notion of “class,” which has experienced an eclipse in recent years in #genocidestudies
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«..after 1923, entire generations were educated and provided for by the starting capital of Armenian property acquired in 1915. In other words, the elimination of the Armenians paved the way for the rise of a new upper class in Gaziantep.»
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