MESA Book Awards
2013 Albert Hourani Book Award Co-winner
We award the 2013 Hourani Book Prize to Taner Akcam’s for “The Young Turks' Crime Against Humanity; The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire”, a compelling work of scholarship that provides the strongest historical argument to date regarding the Armenian genocide. Based solely on Ottoman documents, Professor Akcam details the motives, the planning, the communications, the organization and the execution of the Ottoman demographic policy. In the field of genocide studies it broadens the concept of genocide to include the forced assimilation of children and women and the confiscation of property. It sets a new standard for scholarship in a controversial field.