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Week 4: Lecture, Book, and Class Notes

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Week 4: Lecture, Book, and Class Notes HIS 121

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This is about the Armenian Genocide, what happened, and why it is a prime example of total war
United States History 1914-1945
Lacey Sparks
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Armenian, genocide, Total War, week 4
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Date Created: 02/22/16
Week 4: the Armenian Genocide of 1915  Ultimate Extension of Total War  Most extreme example of Brutalization: Turkish/Ottoman attempt to exterminate Armenian Christian minority  Armenians o First to be converted to Christianity o Unique o Armenian Church keeps people together o Played important role in economy o Throughout Near East Mediterranean (Istanbul)  Millet system o Ottoman protection o Return for taxes o Armenian is only non-Muslim system  Growth of Nationalism affected Armenian and Turks  Greeks armed revolt to independence  Armenians copy Greece-organized political parties and militia  Turkish movement to unify smaller states in fear of collapse  Turkey had lack of industrial and military equipment  Last sultan of Ottoman- Abdul Hammid II, ruled 1876-1908  Armenian was powerful minority since next to Russia to back it up  Muslim refugees resented  Result of massacre of Armenians by Abdul o 1894-95 o Punish of disloyalty o Raise tensions even further o Call to outside Christian empires  Revolutionary movement in Turkey to get rid of Abdul called Movement of Young Turks to prove they could defend themselves (1908)  Led Turkey into WWi 1914  Armenians welcomed Young Turks  Young Turk leaders- Evner pasha and Talaat Pasha  Adana Massacre o 1909 o Turks proved they could be as hostile o Armenian city  Italy attacks Turkey in Libya in 1911 humiliating Turks  Balkan Wars o 1913 o Bulgaria, Greece, Servia o Ganged up on Turks o Dreams of expansion causing War and Seize entire European territory  Turkey enters with central powers WWI to avenge o Originally declared neutral o Pick winning side later could gain o Suffer defeat 1915 by Russians o Claimed defeated because Armenians betrayed them o Armenians welcomed Russia, but did not help them  Turkey thought necessary to defeat Armenians close to front lines  1915- attack of Armenians o No distinction between soldiers and civilians o Sent on Death March oin Turkey o Plan to evacuate to servia o Surrounded columns, separated men who were massacred o Womena dn children had no power against them o Long barren march of hunger, thirst, heat, and diseae o Constantly harassed/ raped/ kidnapped o Children raised muslim  Deported remaining Armenians 1915  Henry Morgenthou, US ambassador to Turkey o Documented reports o Sent telegrams to Washington describing massacres  Press coverage of massacres  Little outside countries could do  Armenian resistence- Musa Dagh who rescued survivors  Famous novel of massacre written by German: The Forty Days of Musa Dagh  Children refugee in Lebanon 1920’s  American-Armenians  Consequence include revenge: Assassination of Talact Pasha in 1921  Pastuer Turkish government tried to make amends  Kemal Ataturk o Turkey’s nationalist leader o Made modern Turkey o Viewed positively o Pretended no such thing has happened o Called it civil war o Successors continue this trend  Centenial of Genocide o Campaign of recognition: forget me not flow is official symbol o Still alive today  Genocide provided Hitler an example of total elimination of Jews WWII Your Death Would be mine Notes  Italy goes to war surrounding Germany  Foreign land causes loss of motication  Bad mail system in Italy  Fear of infidelity  Italilan military isn’t as good  Heavy censorship  Paper shortages  Postcards had picture of landmarks, not allowed to use due to location give- away  Items were cheaper in Italy  Still no bread  Spanish flu epidemic/ spread by traveling  Taboo subjects were starting to become more open  Marie contracted exima, which symptoms resembled an STD  Women cheating is much more frowned upon than men Class Notes  Armenian Massacre- 1894-95 o Disloyalty o Ottoman Empire  Turks were more hostile to Armenians because theu are under more pressur from Serbia and Bulgaria  Turkey enters war to avenge against Russia  Turkey was not prepared and tried to fight during winter- humiliating loss  Gendarme o Armed guards “escorting” Armenians o Only a handful were there o Village people participated  Didn’t revolt because they couldn’t go anywhere and they were unarmed  Kidnapping of children, raising them as Turks, forgetting Armenian heritage  Armenians have become scapegoats/ Turks are highly resentful  Government is in fear of Nation dying


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