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Okay, so I haven't been posting much lately, but that doesn't mean I haven't been reading.

Chapter 26, section iv. presents the first part of a curious little twist of fate. As Fromkin presents it, Germany was opposed to the Turkish deportations of Armenians, rumored to be, in some areas, massacres. They made a few muted protests, particularly emphasizing that the deportations could be used to support the Allied cause, but ultimately pussy-footed around distancing the Ottomans.

This opens up all sorts of questions, I think. For one, it serves as an interesting contrast to the German deportations and pogroms during WWII, and opens the question of what happened between the wars to make Germany embrace a program they viewed askance in WWI. It also opens the question of influence -- could the Turkish methods have influenced the Nazi solution?




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