The Armenian Genocide

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The Armenian Genocide Introduction The Armenian genocide is still debated about whether or not it is actually genocide. Genocide is the deliberate and systematic killing of a large group of people, usually an ethnic group or nation. Some people argue this was not genocide because it is claimed that it was not deliberate or systematic, while they are somewhat correct in the killings not being systematic rather a free for all, but the murders were most definitely deliberate. I think that it was genocidal in that there was some organisation to the killings and as we know today many people have not even heard of the Armenians so the mass killings are obvious. Therefore I wanted to research the Armenian Genocide and my focus questions are: Why did the genocide occur? What happened during the genocide? What happened afterwards and how did the world respond? Overall, I want to consider what grounds a nation will step in to defend another from the threat of genocide. Why did the genocide occur? The Armenians were an oppressed culture by the Ottoman Empire they are a Christian minority and were considered second class citizens to Turkish people (Adalian, 1999). Turkish people saw very little use in knowledge and education however Armenians placed it very highly and were the professionals in society having jobs such as lawyers doctors whereas Turkish people where just simple farmers and shopkeepers according to my source (Gavin, 2000). When world war one started the Ottoman’s lost a
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