By Nikolaus Schrodt (auth.)
A variety of hugely informative books were written approximately what's referred to as the "Armenian Genocide". This booklet, written through a political scientist, deals a distinct technique: It doesn’t be aware of the earlier; it concentrates at the current, and indicates how this earlier occasion is perceived and mentioned this present day. the assumption is that the arguments deployed during this debate, these which allege that what occurred quantities to genocide and people which deny this declare display whatever approximately cognitive constructions of current brokers, comparable to the Turkish executive, in addition to concerning the which means and use of the time period "genocide". reading present positions and conversation in this old occasion thereby is helping to light up current notions of identification, justice and interethnic coexistence.
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For that reason it must not come as a big surprise that in Turkish media and statements from public officials this new law was consistently described as punishing particularly the denial of the Armenian Genocide. Which in turn of course also facilitated a discourse in which France could be portrayed as specifically and discriminatorily targeting Turkey. asp (accessed on December 29, 2011). The law was confirmed by the French Senate on January 23, 2012, but was later annulled by the Constitutional Council in February 2012: it argued that any restrictions on freedom of expression had to be “necessary, adapted and proportional” to the desired effect, which it did not find in this particular case (see Today’s Zaman, February 28, 2012).
2001-70 of January 29, 2001. 75 Auron (2003a): 121. 76 However, it must be added that the law never went into force as confirmation from the Senate was pending for years, and eventually in May 2011 the Senate even voted against this law (Today’s Zaman and H€ urriyet Daily News, May 4, 2011). 77 Turkish Daily News, July 24, 2008; The New Anatolian, October 4, 2007. 78 The New Anatolian, October 8, 2007; Today’s Zaman, February 7, 2008. Nevertheless, Martin Bitschnau (2007: 37) argues that economic sanctions are not as tough as often portrayed: for instance, after the French Parliament (National Assembly and Senate) recognized the genocide on January 29, 2001, despite the economic ramifications described above French exports to Turkey nevertheless increased after 2002 by 184 %.
Which sound pretty much like general differences between “scientific” and “everyday” knowledge, for instance with history following explicit methods, reflecting its own interests and assumptions, thus being conscious of its perspectivity, open to falsification, and more exact and complete than memory—at least by postulation. See for instance Ko¨nig (2008a, b): 16, 125ff. 28 For instance Echterhoff (2004): 68; Ko¨nig (2008a, b); 11, 112–114. 2 History, Memory, and the Past 35 (b) This selectivity extends to our memories: we store only a certain amount of the things we notice (just as we probably store some of the things we do not consciously notice), while we forget about others, at least in the sense that we cannot proactively and consciously recall them later on.