Genocide is a matter of law. It is also a matter of history.
Engaging some of the most disturbing responses to the Armenian
genocide, Marc Nichanian strikingly reveals the complex role played
by law and history in making this and other genocides endure as
Nichanian's book argues that both law and history fail to
contend with the very nature of events for which there is no
archive (no documents, no witnesses). Both history and law fail to
address the modern reality that events can be-and are now
being-perpetrated that depend upon the destruction of the
archive, turning monstrous deeds into nonevents. Genocide, this
book makes us see, is in one sense the destruction of the
archive. It relies on the historiographic perversion.
Subjects: History, Philosophy
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