The Treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire 1915-1916.


BRYCE, Viscount. The Treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire 1915-1916. Documents presented to Viscount Grey of Fallodon Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs By Viscount Bryce With a preface by Viscount Bryce. xlii, 684, [2] pp. Includes one folding colour map. 8vo., bound in publisher's original printed blue boards, preserved in a new cloth folding box. London: Sir Joseph Causton and Sons, 1916.

An account of the genocide and forced migration of the Armenians instigated by the Ottoman government during the First World War. This government publication contains a series of accounts gathered by Viscount Bryce and sent to Viscount Grey of Fallodon, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. The majority of the letters and narratives are eye-witness accounts, many of them from neutral witnesses, reporting on the atrocities they saw. Other contributors include Armenians who were able to get their letters to neutral ground or were lucky enough themselves to get to neutral territory. A much smaller portion come from subjects of the "Belligerent" powers, mostly German, who published these accounts in their own countries.

In addition to these first-hand accounts there are indices dedicated to various statistics: Armenian school populations within Turkey, racial components of various villages within Turkey and a special report by the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian relief outlying the extent of the catastrophe and needs of survivors. The last letter contained within this document is a chilling reminder that history has a tendency to repeat itself. Mr. N., writing from Constantinople, relays what the German relief efforts in Turkey have found: "there appears, in short, to be steady policy to exterminate people, but to deny charge of massacre. Their destruction from so-called natural causes seem decided upon."

James Bryce (1838-1922) had been interested in the Eastern Question since he published Transcaucasia in 1877. Bryce became Viscount Bryce in 1914. That year he chaired the Bryce commission on war atrocities and was a member of the small group which promoted a League of Nations. He was also an avid supporter of the rights of disintegration of the Turkish empire in 1918 (Cannon, p 134). Bryce, in a letter to Grey dated July 1, 1916, puts for the reasons for this collection: first, to record memory while it is still fresh in the mind and secondly, to record these events for when, "at the end of the present way, a political re-settlement of the Nearer East has to be undertaken." Spine cracked with some pieces missing.

Cannon, The Oxford Companion to British History

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