In its issue of February, the magazine L'Histoire delivers the best of research on the first genocide of the twentieth century: the Armenian genocide. If this tragedy is already a hundred years old, it has been hidden for a long time and the first works of historiographic research did not begin until about twenty years ago and strongly oppose the negationism of the official Turkish institutions, which still refuse access to archives.
A hundred years ago the government of the Young Turks committed the first genocide of the twentieth century decimating the Armenian community which seemed nevertheless well integrated into the Ottoman Empire. The descendants of the survivors, within the diaspora, have kept the memory of this tragedy which claimed at least 1.3 million victims. History has struggled to be written. But, today, research has progressed. We better understand the ideology that motivated those responsible and the implacable mechanics of the massacre. If the Turkish authorities persist in their negationism, part of the elites now militate in favor of the recognition of the facts.
The genocide of the Armenians. Monthly History, February 2015. On newsstands and by subscription.