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The Code of Modern Turkey – The Mechanics of the Ethnicities of the “Union and Progress” 1913-1918
Wednesday, 27 May 2015

On the left: S. Georgiades (President of HARH), I. Chasiotis, Emeritus Professor, I. Michaelides, N. Ouzounoglou, V. Tsirkinides (photo: Vasilis Sakellarides)

 

BOOK PRESENTATION “THE CODE OF MODERN TURKEY- THE MECHANICS OF ETHNICITIES OF THE “UNION AND PRODUCTION 1913 – 1918”

On Wednesday, May 27 2015, the Historical Archive of Refugee Hellenism of the Municipality of Kalamaria and the New Circle of people of Constantinople presented Fuat Dundar’s book titled “The Code of Modern Turkey – The Mechanics of the Ethnicities of the “Union and Progress 1913 – 1918″”.

The book was discussed by:

  • Nikolaos Ouzounoglou, Professor of National Technical University of Athens – President of the New Circle of Constantinople.
  • Ioannis K. Chasiotis, Emeritus Professor of Modern History, AUTh.
  • James Michaelides, Rep. Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, AUTh.
  • Charis Tsirkinidis, Author – Historian.

Mr. Iakovos Michaelides referred to the dialogue taking place in Turkey on this subject and the author and historian Charis Tsirkinidis to his own research on the subject. Everyone praised Fuat Dundar’s contribution, with specific evidence, to this enormous crime of which Turkey will not be relieved unless recognizing it.

This work, based on the reports, documents, investigations and data of the Union and Progress and on the secret, unclassified war cryptography of the Ottoman state, analyses 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 formed and by whom they were implemented. This policy, which formed the cornerstone of the Union’s nationalist program and progress, the racial perceptions on which it was based and the determined population events to which it led, unfortunately constituted the most damaging and toxic legacy of the Ottoman Empire in the later Turkish state.

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