Talaat Pasha: Father of Modern Turkey, Architect of Genocide
Book by Hans-Lukas Kieser
The first English-language biography of the de facto ruler of the late Ottoman Empire
This study is based on a variety of sources from many archives in different languages. Excellent research assistance by Serhat Bozkurt, Dikran Kaligian, Martina Narman- Berli, Raymond Kévorkian, Mehmet Polatel, Ozan Ozavci, Thomas Schmutz, and Vahé Tachjian has enabled me to efficiently process data from Ottoman, Armenian, German, Austrian, British, and Israeli archives.
In an early phase, the support of Osman Kavala from Anadolu Kültür in Istanbul was critical to my successfully starting the research. (This outstanding friend and philanthropist is nowadays, in late 2017, unjustifiably imprisoned in Erdogan’s Turkey.) Later, as a fellow of the Australian Research Council
at the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle, Australia, I enjoyed generous means for research, the necessary freedom of mind, and a welcoming, dynamic environment among the historians in Newcastle to elaborate and write my study of Talaat Pasha.