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Published on Mar 21, 2013
A famous Turkish professor from Amsterdam discusses the Armenian Genocide and property confiscation.
The Genocide Education Project hosted a presentation by Prof. Ugur Ungor. Ungor's lecture was based on his two recent books, "The Making of Modern Turkey", which addresses how Western Armenia became part of the Turkish state, and "Confiscation and Destruction", about Turkey's seizure of Armenian Property.
From 1913 to 1950, successive Turkish governments subjected the eastern provinces of the Ottoman Empire to a violent policy of ethnic homogenization. Based on a decade of research on a range of unexamined records, Üngör demonstrates that the Armenian genocide was part and parcel of this wider process. He offers insights into the economic ramifications of the genocide and describes how the plunder was organized on the ground. He concludes that this violent process destroyed historical regions and emptied multicultural cities, but also cleared the way for the modern Turkish nation state.