For a while Armenians and Turks lived in harmony in the Ottoman empire for years. During these years, Armenians weren’t equal and had to deal with certain hardships, but they were pretty well accepted and there was little conflict. Things began to change for a number of reasons. Nationalism, made ethnic groupings self-conscious, and the Ottoman Empire began to fall. The only thing holding the Ottoman Empire together was the European powers disagreement on how to split it up.
As lots of other Christian minorities gained their independence little by little, the Armenians became more isolated as the only major Christian minority. That is when the conflict began between the Armenians and the Turks. Some Armenians began wanting independence like the Greeks and others had received, while Turks began to envision a new Pan-Turkic empire spreading all the way to Central Asia. Armenians were the only ethnic group that divided the Turkic parts. Therefore the Turks wanted to eli
The Armenians, again obediently followed instructions and were led by Turkish Gendarmes in death marches. The men who were the fittest were drafted to help in the war effort. The Turkish government has in the past few decades been denying that a genocide ever occurred and spending millions of dollars to emphasize that view. Those who say forget about it, it is in the past are wrong. Unless crimes like this are faced up to and the consequences are felt, they will be committed again and again by people who do not fear prosecution or justice just like a guy named Adolf Hitler. Turkish nationalists took complete dictatorial control. Now the villages and towns, with only women, children and elderly left were systematically emptied. The death marches would lead across where the Armenians were being raped, starved, dehydrated, murdered and kidnapped along the way. As European powers began to ask for a guarantee that Armenians receive better treatment, the government began to treat the Armenians worse. They were told it was for the war effort. On April 24th 1915, commemorated worldwide by Armenians as Genocide Memorial Day, hundreds of Armenian leaders were murdered in Istanbul after being called for and gathered. In the 1890's hundreds of thousands of Armenians died in pogroms ordered by Sultan Abdul Hamid II.