This book re-examines more than 100 years of destructive ethno-religious relations among Armenians, Turks, and Azerbaijanis through the novel lens of collective trauma.
The author argues that a focus on embedded, transgenerational collective trauma is essential to achieving more trusting, productive, and stable relationships in this and similar contexts. The book takes a deep dive into history - analysing the traumatic events, examining and positing how they motivated the actions of key players (both victims and perpetrators), and revealing how profoundly these traumas continue to manifest today among the three peoples, stymying healing and inhibiting achievement of a basis for positive change.
The author then proposes a bold new approach to “conflict resolution” as a complement to other perspectives, such as power-based analyses and international human rights. Addressing the psychological core of the conflict, the author argues that a focus on embedded collective trauma is essential in this and similar arenas.
"Collective trauma displays a compounding character that multiplies the impacts of its many dimensions and confounds the work of post-conflict healing. Pamela Steiner guides her readers through a trauma-informed understanding of what she calls the “frozen ethno-national conflicts” that haunt modern Armenian, Turkish, and Azerbaijani relations. As the Great Granddaughter of Henry Morgenthau and an experienced facilitator of conflict resolution, Steiner adds personal and professional linkages to the case studies she addresses and the insights she offers regarding the complicating power that collective trauma adds to this complex history and situation."
Henry F Knight, Professor Emeritus of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire