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Accuracy of Basic Knowledge of Traumatic Historical Events: The Armenian Genocide

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This research assumes that accuracy of shared historical knowledge of genocide might help new generations cope with the trauma lived by previous generations, while the longer the denial of a genocide the more fragmented the macronarrative and the longer the collective trauma. The Armenian genocide (1915) is generally represented in opposite ways by the Turks and Armenians. The study explores the knowledge accuracy of the 1915 events before and after the centennial commemoration of the genocide and uses convenience samples from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Romania, United States, Venezuela, and a representative sample (Romania, N = 1231). The major findings suggest a very low basic knowledge of genocide, with a few exceptions, despite a significant increase of this knowledge after the 100-year commemoration.
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Keywords: Accuracy of historical knowledge; alchemical language; conflicting representations; interrogative orientation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Northeast Iowa Community College, Peosta, Iowa, USA

Publication date: February 17, 2017

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