Ungor to Talk at NAASR on ‘Genocide in Context of Territory’

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.

Uğur Ümit Üngör

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 hq@naasr.org, or write to NAASR, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478.


  1. Sorry but the real purpose of the Armenian genocide was not homogenization but theft of wealth and property…Henry Morgenthau clearly stated that in his many cables to the US state department as he saw the genocide first hand…Turkish empire “grew” not by creating technologies or commerce but by oppression, theft and massive taxation of all the indigenous peoples they conquered and occupied…As the Ottoman empire eventually fell and dwindled so did their source of income.. It was more of a cannibalization of the NON Turks and further the Armenians had the wealth that they wanted..

    Further as the occupying Turks were being expelled from the Balkans the Turks wanted a place for them.. This led to more reasons for the mass murder of the Christian population…

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