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The code of modern Turkey – The engineering of the ethnicities of “Union and Progress” 1913 – 1918
Wednesday, 27 May 2015

From left: S. Georgiadis (President of HARH), I. Hasiotis, Professor Emeritus, I. Michailidis, N. Uzounoglou, V. Tsirkinidis (photo: Vassilis Sakellaridis)

 

PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK ‘THE CODE OF MODERN TURKEY – THE ENGINEERING OF THE ETHNICITIES OF “UNION AND PROGRESS” 1913-1918’

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the Historical Archive of Refugee Hellenism of the Municipality of Kalamaria and the New Circle of Constantinopolitans presented the book of Fuat Dündar entitled
The code of modern Turkey – The engineering of the ethnicities of “Union and Progress” 1913 – 1918″.

The following spoke about the book:

  • Nikolaos Uzounoglou, Professor of National Technical University of Athens – President of the New Circle of Constantinopolitans.
  • Ioannis K. Hasiotis, Professor Emeritus of Modern History of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
  • Iakovos Michailidis, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
  • Haris Tsirkinidis, Writer – Historian.

Mr. Iakovos Michailidis referred to the dialogue that is taking place in Turkey on this issue and the author and historian Haris Tsirkinidis to his own research on the subject. They all praised the contribution, with concrete evidence, of Fuat Dündar to this huge crime, from the guilt of which Turkey will not be absolved unless it acknowledges it.

This work, based on the reports, documents, research and data of the Union and Progress and the secret, unclassified encrypted war telegrams of the Ottoman state, analyzes the policies of the ‘resettlement’ operations of populations. It describes the displacements, exchanges and relocations of Ottoman Greeks, Armenians, Kurds, Jews, Bulgarians, Nestorians and Assyrians, as well as the ideological reasons for these “resettlements”, how they were formulated and by whom they were implemented. This policy, which was the cornerstone of the nationalist program of the Union and Progress, the racial concepts on which it was based and the accomplished population events to which it led, unfortunately constituted the most damaging and toxic legacy of the Ottoman Empire to the subsequent Turkish state.

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