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Transcript of Armenian Genocide
Summary of the Event
What factors contributed to the problem?
What was the response of the other countries to the mass killing? Could this genocide have been prevented?
What signs of problems were there before the acts of genocide began?
Pernille, Sneha, Daniela
What group or groups of people were responsible for the mass killings? What were their motives?
What group or groups of people were victimized? What survival tactics were used? What was the ultimate death toll?
How has this genocide affected both perpetrators and victims and their families? What is the general situation in this country at the present time?
- Turkish government decided to expel all Armenians
-This is because of religion differences
-The genocide ended by early 1920
- 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians were dead
-Many were forcefully removed
-Armenia became first Christian nation
- Control of the region shifted from one empire to another.
- Armenia was absorbed into the Ottoman Empire. -The Ottoman rulers, like most of their subjects, were Muslim
-They permitted religious minorities like the Armenians to maintain some autonomy, but they also subjected Armenians, who they viewed as “infidels,” to unequal and unjust treatment
There was discrimination - Armenians had to pay more taxes, and had fewer rights
A group of reformers who called themselves the “Young Turks” overthrew Sultan Abdul Hamid and established a more modern constitutional government
Young Turks wanted most of all to “Turkify” the empire
They were sent into the desert without food or water. To survive, the people changed religion
-Today, most historians call this event a genocide -
-However, the Turkish government does not acknowledge the enormity or scope of these events.
- Despite pressure from Armenians and social justice advocates throughout the world, it is still illegal in Turkey to talk about what happened to Armenians during this era.
-Ever since then, the Turkish government has denied
that a genocide took place.
-The Armenians were an enemy force, they argue, and their slaughter was a necessary war measure.
-Today, Turkey is an important ally of the U.S. and other Western nations, and so their governments have likewise been reluctant to condemn the long-ago killings.
-In March 2010, a U.S. Congressional panel at last voted to recognize the genocide.