Mark Mazower is Director of the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris. He is the author, most recently, of What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home. (April 2019)

IN THE REVIEW

An Archive of Atrocities

Armenian refugees in a camp at Aleppo, Syria, 1922

Killing Orders: Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide

by Taner Akçam

Talaat Pasha: Father of Modern Turkey, Architect of Genocide

by Hans-Lukas Kieser
Taner Akçam, a leading authority on the Armenian genocide, is unquestionably a very brave man: now based in the US, he is himself Turkish, and because of his pioneering work has long been a hated figure for the Turkish right. In 2012 he published a fine study of the Young Turks and the genocide, and he has since established Clark University as a center of serious research into it. His new book, Killing Orders: Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide, is not an easy read, and not just because of the subject.

Fizz and Crackle

Simon Schama

The Story of the Jews, Vol. 2: Belonging, 1492–1900

by Simon Schama
The story of the Jews extends farther back into the past than that of any other faith: perhaps only Hindus and Zoroastrians come close. But having more history does not help in the writing of it. On the contrary: the difficulties have been evident since the appearance of the first …

The Historian Who Was Not Baffled by the Nazis

Adolf Hitler with Eva Braun at his birthday party, April 1942

The Third Reich in History and Memory

by Richard J. Evans
There was a time, hard though it is now to remember it, when Germany did not pose a great problem for other nations—or at least no more of a problem than anywhere else. Long divided among principalities and regional powers such as Prussia and Bavaria, the country was unified only …