The Armenian Genocide
The Essential Reference Guide
by Alan Whitehorn, Editor
May 2015, 425pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-687-6
$108, £84, 94€, A148
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It is estimated that as many as 1.5 million Armenians died in the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to 1923.

With its analytical introductory essays, more than 140 individual entries, a historical timeline, and primary documents, this book provides an essential reference volume on the Armenian Genocide.

The Armenian Genocide has often been considered a template for subsequent genocides and is one of the first genocides of the 20th century. As such, it holds crucial historical significance, and it is critically important that today’s students understand this case study of inhumanity. This book provides a much-needed, long-overdue reference volume on the Armenian Genocide. It begins with seven introductory analytical essays that provide a broad overview of the Armenian Genocide and then presents individual entries, a historical timeline, and a selection of documents.

This essential reference work covers all aspects of the Armenian Genocide, including the causes, phases, and consequences. It explores political and historical perspectives as well as the cultural aspects. The carefully selected collection of perspective essays will inspire critical thinking and provide readers with insight into some of the most controversial and significant issues of the Armenian Genocide. Similarly, the primary source documents are prefaced by thoughtful introductions that will provide the necessary context to help students understand the significance of the material.


  • Provides an unprecedented encyclopedia-like reference book with more than 140 entries
  • Includes contributions from a number of the leading authors on the Armenian Genocide
  • Presents essential reference material that includes entries on all the key events, people, and organizations as well as a detailed chronology and key images and maps
  • Supplies accessible information ideal for high school students and undergraduate college students as well as instructors at these education levels
Alan Whitehorn, PhD, is emeritus professor of political science at the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He is author of several books and many articles on the Armenian Genocide. His published books include The Armenian Genocide: Resisting the Inertia of Indifference; Just Poems: Reflections on the Armenian Genocide; and Return to Armenia/Veradardz depi Hayastan (a bilingual work).


"A solid work of detailed research and documented scholarship, The Armenian Genocide: The Essential Reference Guide is an essential and core addition to community and academic library Armenian History and Ottoman Empire History reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists."—Midwest Book Review, July 20, 2015

"Teachers, students, researchers, and writers can benefit from this resource’s rich material. An extensive list of items for further investigation and a detailed chronology will allow readers to focus their studies. Many others have written about particular issues surrounding the genocide, but this is the most recent and comprehensive volume on the topic."—Library Journal, September 1, 2015

"Commandingly written, illustrated, and arranged, this work belongs in large public libraries and on academic shelves of colleges and universities."—Booklist, October 1, 2015

"[T]he work is a valuable ready-reference resource, especially timely during this centennial commemoration of the atrocities. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels; general readers."—Choice, February 3, 2016
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