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Title:
Secret nation : the hidden Armenians of Turkey / Avedis Hadjian.
ISBN:
9781788311991
Publication Information:
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2018.

©2018
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xvii, 570 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Abstract:
It has long been assumed that no Armenian presence remained in eastern Turkey after the 1915 massacres. As a result of what has come to be called the Armenian Genocide, those who survived in Anatolia were assimilated as Muslims, with most losing all traces of their Christian identity. In fact, some did survive and together with their children managed during the last century to conceal their origins. Many of these survivors were orphans, adopted by Turks, only discovering their "true" identity late into their adult lives. Outwardly, they are Turks or Kurds and while some are practising Muslims, others continue to uphold Christian and Armenian traditions behind closed doors. -- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

It has long been assumed that no Armenian presence remained in eastern Turkey after the 1915 massacres. As a result of what has come to be called the Armenian Genocide, those who survived in Anatolia were assimilated as Muslims, with most losing all traces of their Christian identity.
In fact, some did survive and together with their children managed during the last century to conceal their origins. Many of these survivors were orphans, adopted by Turks, only discovering their `true' identity late into their adult lives. Outwardly, they are Turks or Kurds and while some are practising Muslims, others continue to uphold Christian and Armenian traditions behind closed doors.
In recent years, a growing number of `secret Armenians' have begun to emerge from the shadows. Spurred by the bold voices of journalists like Hrant Dink, the Armenian newspaper editor murdered in Istanbul in 2007, the pull towards freedom of speech and soul-searching are taking hold across the region. Avedis Hadjian has travelled to the towns and villages once densely populated by Armenians, recording stories of survival and discovery from those who remain in a region that is deemed unsafe for the people who once lived there.
This book takes the reader to the heart of these hidden communities for the first time, unearthing their unique heritage and identity. Revealing the lives of a peoples that have been trapped in a history of denial for more than a century, Secret Nation is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide in the very places where the events occurred.


Author Notes

Avedis Hadjian is a freelance journalist. He has appeared on CNN and his writing has appeared in Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News and Le Monde Diplomatique, amongst many other major international news outlets, and he has written books and articles on the Caucasus in both English and Spanish. His work as a correspondent has taken him to Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, China, the Caucasus, Turkey and Latin America.


Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. x
A Note on Names and Spellingp. xiv
A Note on the Bibliographyp. xvi
Introduction: A Lost Map on the Tramway in Istanbulp. 1
I Sasun
1 Sasunp. 13
II Commagene
2 Commagenep. 103
III Dikranagerd
3 Dikianagerd Ip. 141
4 Siirtp. 190
5 Dikranagerd IIp. 196
IV Daron
6 Bitlisp. 207
7 Mushp. 227
V Garin
8 Erzurump. 243
9 Hinisp. 250
10 Bayazetp. 259
11 Sarikamis, Kars and Anip. 265
VI Sepasdia And Asia Minor
12 Sepasdiap. 281
13 Ankarap. 286
14 Cæsariap. 298
15 Amasia and Gümüshaciköyp. 301
16 Kastamonup. 308
17 Yozgatp. 314
VII Kharpert
18 Argatp. 323
19 Dersimp. 331
VIII Van
20 Vanp. 359
21 Tatvan and Surpp. 368
IX Cilicia
22 Ciliciap. 373
23 Urfap. 374
24 Marashp. 382
25 Kilisp. 385
26 Adanap. 387
27 Antapp. 394
28 Musa Lerp. 399
X The Black Sea And Hamshen
29 Hamshen Ip. 413
30 Poshasp. 433
31 Horomsp. 455
32 Hamshen IIp. 464
Notesp. 543
Further Readingp. 555
Indexp. 557