The Armenian genocide was a systematic eradication of the Armenian population who lived under the Ottoman government. The genocide took place before and after World War I and it was set out in two phases. The first phase was to kill all able bodied men by massacre and forced labor. The second phase was to deport women, children, and the elderly and make them walk through the Syrian Desert in which a lot of people died from lack of food, water and the climate. The total population that had died was between one and one and a half million.
The Armenian Genocide was the Ottoman government’s way of killing off the Armenian minority from their historic homeland in what is the modern-day Republic of Turkey. It took place after World War I and was implemented in two phases. The first phase involved killing all the male population by either forcing them into labor or by simply massacring them. The second phase was to deport all of the women, elderly, children and sick into the Syrian Desert where they would walk until they would collapse and die. The point of genocide is not only to destroy the people of today, but the future people as well.
Genocides have happened multiple times in history, ranging from small genocides to astonishing violent genocides that changed history. The Armenian Genocide was an extreme devastation of the Armenians in 1915 that was an unbelievable part of history. The Armenian Genocide happened in the Ottoman Empire and all started with the Turks hatred for the Armenians who they didn’t even want to have a say in the government. After the Turks seized power from the weak Ottoman Empire sultan, they changed the government and got extreme support to avoid external overthrow. The Turkish turned to extreme nationalism and really only allowed Turkism, and saw Armenians as a roadblock in their way, which lead to the massacre of Armenians.
Devyn Bavagnoli Mrs. Durfee World Civilizations CPE May 13, 2014 The Armenian Genocide The Armenian Genocide was the mass murdering of about 1.5 million Armenians during World War I. The Turkish government denies this genocide and manages to keep it from the people. The Turkish government has scapegoated the Armenians, exterminated them by starvation, death marches, and other ways, and has failed to consider the Armenian Genocide a genocide even though there was intent to destroy the minority populations and culture, which resulted in the death of over 1 million Armenians. Since ancient times, northeastern Turkey has belonged to the distinct ethnic group of Armenians. Most of their villages lay at the base of Mt.
Not all Armenians hated the Turks, and not all Turks hated the Armenians. Consequently, the Armenian people were not aware of any forms of annihilation that were being plotted at the time. What exactly is the definition of a Genocide?? According to the World Book Dictionary, genocide means: The systematic extermination or destruction of a political, racial, or cultural group1. When the word genocide is brought up, many people usually think of the Holocaust.
Due to this fact, the Turks viewed the Armenians as “infidels” (Adalian). They treated them unequally by creating laws that made life harder for them. On April 24, 1915, the Turkish government planned systematic decimation thus beginning the Armenian genocide (HISTORY). On that day alone, it is estimated that about 700 Armenians were arrested and massacred (Adalian). Until 1923 when the Ottoman Empire was replaced with the Republic of Turkey, it is said that an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by brutal massacres, death walks, and concentration camps while many more were inhumanly deported (HISTORY).
During the early stages of World War I, members of the Armenian race began to deal with racial prejudice from the Turks that soon resulted in a genocide. The term genocide refers to the deliberate destruction of a nationality or an ethnic group. Part of the Ottoman Empire in 1915, Turkey made goals to remove the ethnic Armenians prominent, and initiative was taken to eliminate the enemies forever. Between the years of 1915 and 1923, the Armenian population went from nearly two million down to one million people. The Turks were located between two bodies of water, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, while Armenia was located directly to the east.
The Armenian Genocide is one of the most violent historical moments that deprived homelands from 1.5 million Armenians through forced deportations and massacres during 1915 and 1923. Since the Ottoman government’s official commencement of systematic decimation of its ethnic Armenian population in 1915, the Armenians were subjected to inhumane violence, deportation, hunger, extermination, and rape. During this process, Armenians were forced to face cultural degradation as most of the palpable evidences of the Armenian culture were extinguished. The social calamity, which led to unprecedented effect on Armenian population, is today seen as an unnecessary outcome of ongoing prosecution of Armenians and emergence of mono-cultural ideology in the context of growing nationalism in Ottoman Empire. The Armenian Genocide is a byproduct of tensions and clashes between the Turks and Armenians fueled by their ethnic and religious differences.
Hundreds of thousands of Armenians perished in the camps from disease, thirst, starvation, and further round massacres during 1916. Along the routes of the camps, gangs known as the Arab and Kurdish tribes, compromised mostly of violent criminals, were recruited by the CUP to viciously attack and slaughter the Armenian refugees (Anderson). Within just a couple of months, the Tigris and Euphrates rivers became flooded and coalesced with dead bodies of Armenians which in effect polluted the water supply. This polluted the drinking water and dysentery and other related diseases spread like wildfire through the Armenian population that had originally survived the slaughter
In order for us to find the foundation of our human nature, we must look beyond into our early years where human nature is dug deep into the roots of our history and involvements. About 97 years ago the horrific Genocide of the Armenians took place. Turkey has shown a classic example of the evil that can result by human beings. Millions of Armenians were slaughtered and murdered in front of their family members. The destruction that constantly plays out throughout the world is cuased by human beings.