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Notes on the Armenian Question



Armenian massacre of Turks. Early Sultans gave political representation and religious tolerance. They held responsible posts and had the right to education. It stressed the Armenians under Russian influence had no such rights. Quote from Armenian patriarch Nerses "Cultural values preserved due to Turkish government support so Armenians cannot be indifferent in times of struggle, must help the state as they always have". Kept their identity due to rights granted by the Ottoman State in the Gulhane Imperial Decree of 1863. Armenians werent conscripted, treated as 1st class citizens, became wealthy merchant class. Armenians revolted in 1859 supported by Napoleon III. Ottomans quelled it. 1877-78 Ottoman-Russian War, Armenians fought against Ottomans. Armenian question raised in peace treaty. Britain interfered, Armenia set hopes on western countries. Revolts in 1880s-90s. A certain Sir Williams, British Consul in Van made a report blaming the Armenians in 1896. Didnt listen to his warnings. Tried to assassinate Sultan Abdulhamid II. Armenian archbishop exported arms, encouraged revolt in 1909, it was suppressed. Upon WWI the Armenians awaited the Russian advance to join them, seized opportunity for revolt. Revolts started 30th Aug. 1914 in Zeytun. Spread allover, by April 1915 there were 10,000 revolutionaries, they took Van. Ottomans gave warnings. Resultant battle and massacre.

All this bullshit skirts around the fact that the Armenians obviously felt suppressed, much as the Kurds still do today.

Posted by andyhay 00:00 Archived in Turkey

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