ISSN: 0041-4255
e-ISSN: 2791-6472

Yücel Güçlü

Keywords: Turkey, Ottoman Empire, Armenia, History


Taner Akçam peremptorily writes that the title of his book "A Shameful Act" is a quotation from a speech on Armenian genocide delivered by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk at a session of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey on 24 April 1920 (pp.12-13, 335-336 and 348).The choice of title no doubt reflects the author's desire to give indication of the contents of his work. Yet the above words were not actually used by the founder and the first president of the Turkish republic with regard to the Armenian relocations of 1915, but pronounced pertaining to the claims of the Allied powers on these events.This is a deliberately intriguing and provocative venture, whose essential thesis is revealed in its subtitle.