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Crime of Numbers

Auteur : Fuat Dündar
Éditeur : Transaction Publishers Date & Lieu : 2010, New Brunswick
Préface : Pages : 238
Traduction : ISBN : 978-1-4128-1100-2
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 155x240 mm
Code FIKP : Liv. Eng. Dun. Cri. 4891Thème : Général

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Crime of Numbers

Fuat Dündar

Crime of Numbers

Transaction Publishers

Statistics have played an important role in the recognition of the Armenian question on the international landscape as well as its “definitive solution” resulting in the Armenian genocide. The importance of statistics first surfaced at the Congress of Berlin in 1878, where differences in the approach toward numbers between the Armenians and the Ottoman Empire, and the role of statistics within the Ottoman state apparatus, became an issue. At that international gathering, the Armenian question was considered part of the “Eastern Question” paradigm of Western diplomacy. It would soon become a code word for the question of “civilization" itself.

Those administering the multi-ethnic Ottoman Empire perceived the Armenian issue not only through ethnic and religious perspectives, but also through statistics. As Fuat Dündar shows, statistics became the vehicle through which the Ottoman state apparatus was forced to include non-Muslim populations of the Empire in the state apparatuses and local councils. This occurred long before the Armenian question surfaced. The aim of Ottoman reforms was to ensure that all communities participated in the affairs of the state and that such participation was proportionate to their numbers. Through its role in these reforms, statistics emerged as a constant matter of debate in the Armenian question.

As a result of the Armenian genocide, the statistical record has become quite sensitive. Today, accounting for the numbers of Armenians murdered in 1915 usually means calculating the number of Armenians who were massacred or died of other causes such as disease, hunger, exhaustion, and the like during deportations or immediately after. This is a work of brilliant archival history and imaginatively uses social statistics.

Fuat Dtindar was born in a Kurdish county. He is the author of three books in Turkish: Modern Turkey’s Cipher—Ethnicity Engineering of the Committee Union and Progress (1913-1918), The Settlement Policy of Muslims (1913-1918), and Minorities in Turkish Censuses. He is visiting professor of history at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.



Fuat Dündar

Crime of Numbers

Transaction Publishers

Transaction Publishers
Crime of Numbers
The Role of Statistics in the
Armenian Question (1878-1918)
Fuat Dündar

Middle Eastern Studies
International Relations
Armenian Genocide

Transaction Publishers
New Brunswick (U.S.A.) and London (U.K.)

Library of Congress: 2010001657
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Jacket design by Seema Mazhar

Armenian Studies
Gerard J. Libaridian, Series Editor

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Library of Congress Catalog Number: 2010001657
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1100-2
Printed in the United States of America

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Dündar, Fuat, 1971-
Crime of numbers: the role of statistics in the
Armenian question (1878-1918) / Fuat Diindar.
p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-1-4128-1100-2 (alk. paper)
1. Armenian question—Statistics.
2. Armenian massacres, 1915-1923-Statistics.
3. Statistics—Social aspects—Turkey—History.
4. Turkey—Politics and government—Statistics.
5. Political statistics.
6. Turkey—Politics and government-1878-1909.
7. Turkey-Politics and government—1909-1918. I. Title.
DS194.D86 2010 956.6’20154—dc22

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