FAIR LAWN, NJ – On Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET, join historians Ümit Kurt and Dirk Moses for a conversation about Kurt’s new book, The Armenians of Aintab: The Economics of Genocide in an Ottoman Province.
“If genocide, as a practice that includes murder and looting, is orchestrated by a central authority but implemented at the local level,” Kurt asks, “what is the relationship between local and central authorities? What are the incentives and motivations that lead to mass participation?
In his new book, Kurt challenges the portrayal that state-sponsored genocide in all its dimensions could be executed by central government by decree and, instead, examines how local actors and even ordinary Muslims are complicit.
To borrow from former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, Kurt shows how “all genocide is local” and cites the observation of Donald Bloxham and Moses that “the location tells us a lot about the political calculation underpinning it. -tends the genocide ”.
Kurt and Moses will examine how primary sources in the Armenian, Ottoman, Turkish, British, and French archives, as well as newly discovered memorials, personal papers, oral accounts, and property liquidation records together provide an invaluable account of the genocide in the United States. ground level.
Kurt, a modern Middle Eastern historian specializing in research on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, specializes in late Ottoman socio-economic history, the Armenian genocide, mass violence and inter-ethnic conflict. Its broader formation also includes comparative empires, population movements, the history of Ottoman urban and local elites, wealth transfer and nationalism. He got his doctorate. from the Department of History at Clark University. He is a former Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University, the current Polonsky Fellow at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem and teaches in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.