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  • Translator
    James Ferguson

Year of the Sword

The Assyrian Christian Genocide, A History

Published by Oxford University Press in Oxford, United Kingdom .
Written in English.

About the Edition

The Armenian genocide of 1915 has been well documented. Much less known is the Turkish genocide of the Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac peoples, which occurred simultaneously in their ancient homelands in and around ancient Mesopotamia - now Turkey, Iran and Iraq. The advent of the First World War gave the Young Turks and the Ottoman government the opportunity to exterminate the Assyrians in a series of massacres and atrocities inflicted on a people whose culture dates back millennia and whose language, Aramaic, was spoken by Jesus. Systematic killings, looting, rape, kidnapping and deportations destroyed countless communities and created a vast refugee diaspora. As many as 300,000 Assyro-Chaldean- Syriac people were murdered and a larger number forced into exile. The "Year of the Sword" (Seyfo) in 1915 was preceded over millennia by other attacks on the Assyrians and has been mirrored by recent events, not least the abuses committed by Islamic State.
Joseph Yacoub, whose family was murdered and dispersed, has gathered together a compelling range of eye-witness accounts and reports which cast light on this 'hidden genocide.' Passionate and yet authoritative in its research, his book reveals a little-known human and cultural tragedy. A century after the Assyrian genocide, the fate of this Christian minority hangs in the balance.

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Introduction: A Forgotten Genocide?
Nation, people and churches
On the eve of the massacre
The genocide of 1915
Contemporary documentation
Ethnocide and extermination
Oblivion and its causes
An international issue
Renewal and memory
1. Witnesses to Genocide
A terra incognita?
Reporting the genocide
The range of witnesses
The Paris Peace Conference, 1919
International solidarity
The national and international press: an essential intermediary
Humanitarian aid
2. The Scenes and Acts of the Tragedy
A centuries-old persecution
The first centuries
Ottoman antecedents to the 1915 massacres
1915: historic Mesopotamia
Overview of the massacres
The invasion of Hakkari by Turco-Kurdish forces
The Syriacs
Extermination and deportation: the children of the Desert
3. Strategy and Methodology of Eradication
Genocide and ethnocide
Lamenting a tragedy
The massacres and the United Nations
4. After 1915: The Tragedy Continues
1918: from Salmas and Urmia towards Hamadan and Iraq
Assyrians at arms
The Assyrian Levies
The Turkey-Iraq frontier (1925)
Conclusion: Returning to the Stage of History
The impact of the diaspora
Preserving memory
Iraq: homeland or safe haven?

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8.6 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
1 pounds

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