A justification of genocide?
Ermeni komitelerinin amal ve harekat-i ihtilaliyesi.
[Armenian nationalist aspirations and revolutionary movements.] [Istanbul?] Matba'a Orhaniyye 1332 Rumi (1916/17 CE)
8vo (23 x 16 cm), pp.323, [1, blank], [146, illustrations, maps]. Printed Ottoman Turkish text, small sections in English, German, and French. A very good copy bound in later buckram. English title gilt to spine. Paper toned, some marginal spotting to illustrations.
Özege 5033. We locate copies at Harvard, Leiden, Minnesota, Oxford, Sakarya University, and UCLA.
Compiled by the Ottoman authorities, and published at Istanbul, this survey of Armenian revolutionary groups, sought to justify Turkish repression of Armenians within the Ottoman Empire, and counter the narratives of Turkish persecution circulating in European and American newspapers. Historical sketches of recent events, including the Armenian uprising at Urfa in 1915, are provided, with transcripts of communications between different Armenian groups, including those based in Boston and Paris. The purported suicide note of the American missionary Francis Leslie (here, "I H Leslee"), who died by poisoning at Urfa in 1915, is reproduced on p.274. The extensive illustrations reproduce original documents, maps, and photographs, depicting weapons dumps, flags, clothing, and nationalist Armenian art.