Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity Book Series

I attended a book discussion on the newly published The Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire by Taner Akçam last night. I know the least about the Armenian Genocide, possibly because only twenty-one countries and forty-three of the United States recognize the genocide but more likely because three of my friends failing Into to Armenian History and Into to the Armenian Genocide convinced me to steer clear of the two courses on the topic. The talk was well attended, as you probably deduced for my poor photograph above. Despite my poor choice in seating, I ended up scribbling a page and a half of notes during the discussion before I ducked out early for another commitment.

The reason why I bring all this up here, though, is because of what caught my attention during the introduction to the book by the editor. Akçam’s book is the most recent in a series published by Princeton University Press entitled “Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity”. I made a note and spent some time perusing their website today — so many additions to my TBR list! There are four in particular that caught my eye:

Many of these titles are outside my current price range, hence why I did not purchase a copy of Akçam’s book last night at the discussion. But that’s what the library on campus is for. All I need to do now is find the time to read them.


  1. Now I’m curious about The Intro to Armenian History class. Was it really that hard or was the professor pretty difficult? It’s funny that you’ve mentioned the Armenian genocide. There’s a new fictional book out by Chris Bohjalian called The Sandcastle Girls. It’s about the genocide. The author used details from his grandparents’ lives to write the book.


    • I’ve heard mixed reactions — topic is too abstract (i.e. following group of people without geographic boundaries), professor is too hard to understand, class is too hard without some background knowledge of Armenian history. I haven’t heard of Bohjalian’s new book; I’ll have to check it out.


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