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New Book: “The Resistance Network: The Armenian Genocide and Humanitarianism in Ottoman Syria, 1915–1918”

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Khatchig Mouradian, Michigan State University Press

The Resistance Network is the history of an underground network of humanitarians, missionaries, and diplomats in Ottoman Syria who helped save the lives of thousands during the Armenian Genocide. Khatchig Mouradian challenges depictions of Armenians as passive victims of violence and subjects of humanitarianism, demonstrating the key role they played in organizing a humanitarian resistance against the destruction of their people. Piecing together hundreds of accounts, official documents, and missionary records, Mouradian presents a social history of genocide and resistance in wartime Aleppo and a network of transit and concentration camps stretching from Bab to Ras ul-Ain and Der Zor. He ultimately argues that, despite the violent and systematic mechanisms of control and destruction in the cities, concentration camps, and massacre sites in this region, the genocide of the Armenians did not progress unhindered—unarmed resistance proved an important factor in saving countless lives.
Khatchig Mouradian is a lecturer in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African studies at Columbia University. He is the editor of the peer-reviewed journal The Armenian Review and in 2020 was awarded a Humanities War & Peace Initiative Grant from Columbia University.

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