Armenia, Australia and the Great War by Vicken Babkenian and Peter Stanley

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September 2016, no. 384
Joy Damousi reviews 'Armenia, Australia and the Great War' by Vicken Babkenian and Peter Stanley

Armenia, Australia and the Great War

by Vicken Babkenian and Peter Stanley

NewSouth $34.99 pb, 335 pp, 9781742233994

Armenia, Australia and the Great War by Vicken Babkenian and Peter Stanley

Reviewed by
September 2016, no. 384

The Armenian Genocide, which claimed an estimated 1.5 million lives, began in 1915. It continues to cause controversy today and is a hotly contested event; several nations, including Australia, do not recognise it as genocide. While the British government has condemned the massacre, it does not consider that it qualifies as genocide under the 1948 United Nations Convention on Genocide. Although the naming of this event arouses fierce disputation, twenty-nine governments to date, including Germany, Russia, and Italy, have recognised the massacres as genocide. What relevance does this event and its aftermath have for Australia, given its continued reluctance to embrace the term 'genocide' to describe the murder of men, women, and children?

Joy Damousi reviews 'Armenia, Australia and the Great War' by Vicken Babkenian and Peter Stanley

Armenia, Australia and the Great War

by Vicken Babkenian and Peter Stanley

NewSouth $34.99 pb, 335 pp, 9781742233994

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