Starting in early 1915, the Ottoman Turks started deporting and killing thousands of Armenians within the first significant genocide of the 20 th century. through the tip of the 1st global struggle, the variety of Armenians in what might develop into Turkey were decreased by way of 90 percent--more than 1000000 humans. A century later, the Armenian Genocide is still debatable yet particularly unknown, overshadowed via later slaughters and the chasm isolating Turkish and Armenian models of occasions. during this definitive narrative background, Ronald Suny cuts via nationalist myths, propaganda, and denial to supply an unequalled account of while, how, and why the atrocities of 1915-16 have been committed.
As it misplaced territory through the struggle, the Ottoman Empire was once changing into a extra homogenous Turkic-Muslim country, however it nonetheless contained huge non-Muslim groups, together with the Christian Armenians. The younger Turk leaders of the empire believed that the Armenians have been inner enemies secretly allied to Russia and plotting to win an self reliant kingdom. Suny indicates that the nice majority of Armenians have been truthfully dependable matters who desired to stay within the empire. however the younger Turks, steeped in imperial anxiousness and anti-Armenian bias, turned confident that the survival of the country relied on the removal of the Armenians. Suny is the 1st to discover the mental elements in addition to the foreign and family occasions that helped bring about genocide.
Drawing on archival records and eyewitness debts, this can be an unforgettable chronicle of a cataclysm that set a sad development for a century of genocide and crimes opposed to humanity.