BELMONT, Mass.—On Thurs., April 26, historian Ugur Unit Ungor will give a lecture entitled “Race and Space: The Armenian Genocide in the Context of Population and Territory,’” at 8 p.m. at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Center on 395 Concord Ave. in Belmont.
The eastern provinces of the Ottoman Empire used to be a multi-ethnic region where Armenians, Kurds, Syriacs, Turks, and Arabs lived together in the same villages and cities. From 1913-50, successive Turkish regimes subjected this region to a thorough policy of ethnic homogenization.
Based on a decade of research on a range of unexamined records, Ungor demonstrates that the Armenian Genocide was part and parcel of this wider process. He will offer insights into the economic ramifications of the genocide and describe how the plunder was organized on the ground. He will conclude that this violent process not only destroyed historical regions and emptied multicultural cities, but also cleared the way for the modern Turkish nation state.
Ungor is an assistant professor at the department of history of Utrecht University and the Institute for War and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam. He specializes in genocide, mass violence, and ethnic conflict. His recent publications include Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Property (Continuum, 2011) and The Making of Modern Turkey: Nation and State in Eastern Anatolia, 1913-1950 (Oxford University Press, 2011).
The Making of Modern Turkey, newly published in paperback, will be available for purchase and signing the night of the lecture.
For more information about Ungor’s lecture, call (617) 489-1610, e-mail [email protected], or write to NAASR, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478.