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I can only say that Stanton's essay has been invaluable for me in my "Genocide in Europe and the Politics of Memory" course at the University of Mississippi. I assigned it at the beginning of the semester and students have continually made reference to it to make sense of the individual cases we studied. In that respect, it successfully integrates widely divergent cases (Armenia, Ukraine, Holocaust, Bosnia) under a single descriptive framework. As for whether there's a more analytical document that can do that, I don't know, but I'd love to hear from others about that.
The periodic international kerfuffle over the genocide of Armenians surfaced briefly in my U.S.
The authors - just as the Pope - are wrong: "The first genocide of the twentieth century" remains the one committed by colonial troops in then "German South West Africa" between 1904 and 1908. The authors are right in as far as both these genocides are hitherto unrecognized by those who as governments remain in denial by avoiding such term. Ironically as it is, the debate in Germany now moves into the direction that "a genocide is a genocide is a genocide" and hence beyond diplomatic tip-toeing requires the moral obligation to be acknowledged as such.
Turkey and the Armenian Ghost
On the Trail of Genocide
Laure Marchand & Guillaume Perrier
Translated by Debbie Blythe